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can a torn muscle heal itself

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Heal w/scar: A 'torn' muscle does heal but depending on the size of the tear and location it generally heals w/ fibrous tissue similar to scar tissue.Muscle does n ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience Pain Management
Not usually: It usually heals with scar tissue and hypertrophy or increase in size of surrounding muscle cells.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Keith
43 years experience Podiatry
Not so fast.: The effect of added protein on muscle healing after exercise induced damage is minimal at best. But, I think that it wouldn't hurt.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Varies: If it is really a simple lumbar strin, which is the medical term for a muscular injury to the back, you should be better within 10-14 days. If you ar ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stacey Jaff
26 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Muscles heal: A muscle tear will heal with new muscle tissue but the new tissue will not be exactly the same. The details are too much to write here but in summary ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kent
11 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Normally: A tendon injury will heal faster, but this depends on which muscles or tendons, as blood flow differs in different areas, as well as stresses and spec ... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joe Wilkinson
43 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Soft tissues like ligaments can heal on their own, usually in 3-6 weeks, however they may need to be immobilized or protected while healing and rehabi ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. James Chen
14 years experience Sports Medicine
Depends where torn: A torn triceps at the attachment of the muscle to bone (the tendon) needs to be re-attached through surgery. If the muscle is torn in the body of the ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
ACL Reconstruction: Acl tears do not heal on their own; having it replaced can help you maintain a healthy/ active lifestyle in the years to come. The acl is a major knee ... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
No: Generally labral tears do not heal on their own. However if there is no pain and no feelings of instability then no treatment is needed. If therapy do ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Bluman
22 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Depends on severity: Some turf toe injuries can be treated without surgery while others need surgery. See an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon. One in your area can be ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Estrada Bernard
37 years experience Neurosurgery
Not directly: The sciatic nerve runs deep to the gluteus maximus and piriformis muscles after the nerve exits the pelvis. An injury mechanism that causes injury to ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
30 years experience Podiatry
Depends on severity: The injured ankle can take several weeks to heal. If these are significant tears and cause ankle instability, they may require surgery. The pain an ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
22 years experience Cardiology
Torn muscle: Healing depends on degree of trauma, type of muscle, location of joints, age, and degree of rest. Like wise so many variable. Some doesn't heal at all ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Maxim Tyorkin
20 years experience Sports Medicine
Usually not: If it is a full thickness tear then it will not heal on its own.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
34 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Tendon: Tendons have clear indications for immediate reconstruction and care. Ligament injuries are not visualized on x-ray, and are usually not treated in ca ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Springer
50 years experience Sports Medicine
Rest: Generally rest, warm compresses! over the counter meds like Aspirin or advil (ibuprofen) if tolerated and gentle stretching of the involved joint.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
38 years experience Sports Medicine
See below: An inflamed rotator cuff can be treated with conservative methods such as physical therapy a tear in the rotator cuff can be treated with rehab or s ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
27 years experience Emergency Medicine
It will heal: Bruised muscle should heal just fine with no permanent damage.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
25 years experience Sports Medicine
Physical therapy: Mainstay of treating strained or pulled muscles is with physical therapy. Treatments such as platelet rich plasma (prp) injections are largely unprove ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Mass
45 years experience Hand Surgery
Most cannot heal: Most ruptured tendons pull apart and cannot heal because the ends are not close enough to heal. You should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon, who ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
6-8 weeks: It depend if the sprain grade 1 or two and worse 3.

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