How to Quickly Heal a Pulled Muscle

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When quickly healing a pilled muscle, make sure to rest as much as possible and use ice, elevation and compression to prevent swelling. Heal your pulled muscle quickly with help from a physical therapist in this free video on physical therapy treatments.

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Hi, my name is Tricia Trinque, and I'm a physical therapist with Seabreeze Physical Therapy. And today, we're going to be talking about how to quickly heal a pulled muscle. First, we'll need some compressive tape or some elastic band, we'll need to some pillows to elevate. In order to quickly heal a pulled muscle, we start with the acronym, which is R.I.C.E., R, I, C, E. R is for rest, so we want to rest as much as possible to allow the injury to heal. We want to put ice, that's the I in R.I.C.E., on the area, to prevent swelling and to keep that swelling down. We also want to compress the area, which we can utilize in Ace wrap or any type of compressive wrap. Which can be found at your local drugstore. And we want to elevate the limb above the area of the heart, to enable the area to heal as well as to prevent additional swelling. Now, we're going to show just a simple way to allow some compression of the area. We're going to wrap the ankle, like so. We always start towards the end or the distal area, by the toes, and we just create a nice, compressive wrapping. Again, not too tight, we want to make sure that the patient can comfortably wiggle the toes. This jut enables us to prevent additional swelling and discomfort and allow the area to heal as quickly as possible. Then we go about two- thirds the way, up the calf. Again, my name is Tricia Trinque and I'm with Seabreeze Physical Therapy and today, we've talked about how to quickly heal a pulled muscle utilizing R.I.C.E., Rest, Elevation, Ice and Compression. Should you have any additional discomfort, swelling that doesn't resolve, please contact your physician or call 911.


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