MSA stands for movement, strength, and alternate activities.
Movement. Resume a full
range of motion as soon as possible after an injury. After 1 to 2 days of rest,
begin moving the injured area. Stop any activity if it causes pain and give the
injured area more rest. Gentle stretching will prevent scar tissue formation
that may decrease movement.
the swelling is gone and range of motion is restored, begin gradual efforts to
strengthen the injured area.
Alternate activities. After the first few days but while the injury is still
healing, phase in regular exercise using activities or sports that do not place
a strain on the injured area.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine