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Sprain vs. Strain

Sprains and strains are common injuries that share similar signs and symptoms but involve different parts of the body. Adults and children who play contact sports such as soccer, football, wrestling, and hockey are put at risk for sprains and strains. So are folks who play sports that feature quick starts, such as running races or marathons. Regardless of the type of injury you encounter, at Catalina Medical Center, our doctors can treat it. But first, we’d like to let you know what the difference is between a sprain and a strain.
A sprain is a stretching or tearing of the ligaments – the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together in your joints. The most common location for this type of injury is your ankle. A strain is defined as a stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon. A tendon is a fibrous cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones. Strains have the tendency to occur in the lower back and in the hamstring muscle on the back of your thigh. Treatment for t…

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Electrical Muscle Stimulation is an exceptional way to help the body in the healing process. If there is a spasm in the back or neck muscle, this therapy is ideal for relaxing the muscle and allowing it to bounce back to its natural state rather quickly. At Catalina Medical Center, we utilize electrical muscle stimulation to alleviate nerve pain, muscle spasms, and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation Devices (EMS) has been advertised to increase muscle strength. This is accomplished by placing electrodes on the skin that send a very small electrical current into the affected soft tissue injury or muscle spasm. Electrical Muscle Stimulation therapy utilizes this current in an effort to help reduce swelling, as well as inflammation and releases, trigger points that may have the muscle locked up. It does this by helping the body to release natural relievers of pain often referred to as endorphins.
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Ergonomic Principles

Whether you work nine-to-five in a cubicle, or perform heavy lifting on the job, following proper ergonomic principles can improve your overall health, prevent musculoskeletal disorders, and most importantly, keep you safe in the workplace. Poor ergonomics is not only a hazard to your posture, but it can affect your productivity levels as well as increase your risk of work injury. Our doctors at Catalina Medical Center urge you to avoid injury through these ground rules.

All work activities should permit the worker to adopt several different, but equally healthy and safe postures.
Where muscular force has to be exerted it should be done by the largest appropriate muscle groups available.
Work activities should be performed with the joints at about mid-point of their range of movement. This applies particularly to the head, trunk, and upper limbs.

No matter what the job is, the goal is to make sure that you are safe, comfortable and less prone to work-related injuries.
If you have questions…