Firemen must undergo rigorous training and physical conditioning before they take on the responsibilities of the job. Firemen knowingly enter dangerous situations and put themselves at risk, so it is natural there is a high injury rate in this profession. Surprisingly, the majority of injuries firemen suffer do not relate to fires. According to The Journal Times, they are muscle injuries.
It is easy to understand why muscle injuries are so common amongst firemen. Heavy lifting is often a demand of the job, and firemen cannot always stretch to prepare for such activities before subjecting their muscles to pressure. The following are three of the most common firemen muscle injuries.
Muscle strains are painful but treatable injuries that occur with the tearing or overstretching of a muscle’s fibers. They most commonly appear in a person’s lower back and sometimes in the thighs. Pain, muscle spasms and visible swelling may all be symptomatic of a strain. Heating pads or cold compresses can help with recovery, which typically takes between three and six weeks.
Sprains are quite similar to strains, but strictly speaking, they are not actually muscle injuries. Rather, a strain occurs with a torn or overstretched ligament. Ligaments are the tissues between joints, and when injured, they can cause symptoms such as swelling, limited ability to move, pain and bruising. Sprains often affect knees, ankles and wrists, and it is important to treat this injury carefully.
3. Torn ACL
When you hear about torn ACLs, you most often hear about athletes who suffer this particular injury. The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is indeed quite susceptible to injury due to the activities of sports. The cause more specifically is the sudden twisting of the knee. The ACL tissue, which connects the thighbones and shinbones, can tear in the process. Unlike sprains and strains, surgery may be necessary to treat this injury.