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Muscle Strain: How To Cope With It

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Muscle Strain results due to tension in a particular muscle. It may also lead to the muscle getting overstretched or torn.

Most contact sports such as tennis, gymnastics and golf can give rise to the muscle strains in different parts of the body. [1]

- In some cases, the pain can be severe; in such cases, X-rays can be used to determine if there’s a fracture.
- Is usually self-treatable
- Lab tests are rarely required or suggested
- For a severe case, X-Ray or MRI scan is advisable.

It subsides in a few days as it is not chronic. Lower back and thigh muscles are the body parts most prone to get a muscle strain.

Symptoms

People may experience:
- Limited flexibility
- Muscle spasm
- Soreness
- Skin bruising
- Stiffness
- Swelling
- Sudden pain in the affected area
Severe strain limits the movement of the affected area when the muscle is torn.

Treatment

Self-care:
- Regular exercise
- Stretching before and after any physical activity
- Avoid sudden actions
- Maintain healthy and balanced diet
- Resting the affected muscle for a few days.
- Immediately apply ice pack for approximately 20 minutes.
- Wrap the area, though not very tightly, till the swelling subsides.

Medications:
- If possible keep the affected area above the heart level.
- Immediately apply any anti-inflammatory cream if available.
- Do not over rest your strain for many days as your muscles may get stiff.
- Physical therapy
- Surgery in severe cases
When to see a doctor?
- Cant walk or move the muscle at all
- In case the wound bleeds
- Pain does not subside for a week

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