Muscle Strain (Muscle Pain)
Article by John Miller
The most common source of muscle pain is a muscle strain. You may also see then referred to as muscle tears. Muscle strains do vary in severity from mild to severe and ultimately, complete rupture.
What is a Muscle Strain?
A muscle can strain or tear. The most common muscle strains occur at high speed when your muscles are overloaded. The most common high speed muscle injuries occur in your hamstrings, thigh (quadriceps), calf, back and biceps. However, you can also suffer a fatigue related muscle strain from sustained postures. Back muscle strain, shoulder and neck muscle strains are often postural fatigue related muscle strains.
Muscle strains range from a mild muscle strain (grade one), moderate muscle strain (grade two) to a severe muscle strain or complete muscle rupture (grade three).
Muscle strain treatment options vary depending on the severity of your muscle strain or tear.
What are the Characteristics of a Muscle Strain?
Muscle strains have the following symptoms:
The most severe the muscle strain obviously has more significant symptoms.
What’s the Best Treatment for a Muscle Strain?
Until you’ve been accurately diagnosed with a muscle strain, use the following guidelines:
Common Treatments for Muscle Strain
How to Return to Sport after a Muscle Strain
Returning to sport can be easy or complicated depending on the muscle affected. Some muscle tears such as hamstrings are notoriously difficult to get right.
Ideally you should undertake:
If you suffer a muscle strain which fails to respond after a few days or continues to niggle, please contact your physiotherapist.
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