Dr. Samuel Cirone
Then consider finding a chiropractor that can adjust your hips so the muscle can stay healthy and not be prone to injury in the future!
Dr. Quentin Smith
Melissa Perotti, D.C.
The longer you wait the longer it might take to heal.
Chiropractors can help to not only speed the healing process, but also improve the function of the muscles after the healing occures. Keep in mind that some Chiropractors don't treat soft tissue injuries and only perform chiropractic adjustments to joints, so you will want to ask if they treat soft tissue injuries before you make your appointment. In my practice, I treat muscle strains in 3 ways: First, I use either Therapeutic Ultrasound or Electrical Muscle Stimulation, with moist heat (or ice if the injury is very acute- 1 week or less). This helps to both relax the muscles, which are often in spasm, as well as reduce the inflammation that builds up in the area. Second, I use a soft tissue technique, such as massage or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). This helps to release tension in the muscles, as well as brake up fibrous adhesions (where the body builds up fibrous tissue, similar to scar tissue, in the muscles to help prevent further injury) that develop due to the injury and impede the function of the muscle long-term. Finally, I use chiropractic adjustments of the spinal and/ or extremity joints. This improves the structure of the framework which the muscles are
attached to and enables them to perform better, with less tension, and without having to compensate for joint restrictions.
Most often, these treatments improve the level of pain as well, but if not, there are topical ointments that have an analgesic (pain reducing) effect, which can be applied in the beginning. My patients usually feel 70-80% better in 2-4 treatments and have little to no pain after 6-8 treatments. We have the best results from doing several treatments close together (2-3 times per weeks) in the beginning. Fewer visits can work, too, but it does take longer to improve.
Many times, when a muscle is pulled during a workout, they result from misalignments of the spine or joint. These misalignments in the joint can cause irritation to be placed on the nerves of the body, which causes the pain you are feeling.