Sprain and strain of joint and surrounding tissues are one of the most common sports related injuries (sprain involves the ligament and strain involves muscle or tendon). Besides pain, the typical inflammatory response may include swelling of the injured area, redness or purple skin discoloration, and reduced range of motion of the joint. In addition to conventional R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) treatment, many athletes have found acupuncture treatment to be very helpful in suppressing inflammation and reducing swelling quickly.
Prolonged inflammation can cause scar tissue formation and may prevent the return of proper joint mobility. We utilize guiding points and distal acupuncture to rapidly reduce inflammation and swelling. Once the acute inflammation and swelling has been reduced substantially, we often utilize corrective postural exercises. Returning to regular exercise activity too soon after an injury can lead to repeated injuries of the damaged tissue. However, using controlled and corrective motion early on, can promote proper healing. Corrective exercises help enhance restoration of healthy joint functioning while reducing pain.
A growing number of athletes visit Tucson Acupuncture Center for injury treatment with acupuncture and to help healing and optimize their conditioning. If you are wondering how acupuncture treatment can help your acute or chronic sports injury, contact the Tucson Acupuncture Center today at 520.668.5210.