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How does a muscle strain feel compared to a torn muscle?

How does a muscle strain feel compared to a torn muscle?

Stretching: A muscle strain is an excessive stretching of the muscle fibers. A partial tearing of muscle fibers might be difficult to differentiate from a strain, where as a complete tear would result in a probable impairment of function. The tear might be felt. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Can you tell me how is done groin strain (adductor muscle tear) surgery?

Can you tell me how is done groin strain (adductor muscle tear) surgery?

Usually not surgery: If there is a mid substance tear, there is no surgical option. If there is an avulsion of bone at its insertion @ the pelvis there is a surgical option, depending on age ; activity level 1 needs 2 return 2. If not satisfied with an opinion, get a 2nd opinion. This is not a surgical emergency ; u have a couple of weeks window or a little longer. ...Read more

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I have a muscle tear or strain in my knee. It's now causing my foot to swell and pain occasionally to go up my leg. Should I go back to the dr?

I have a muscle tear or strain in my knee. It's now causing my foot to swell and pain occasionally to go up my leg. Should I go back to the dr?

It can get worse.: It certainly seems reasonable to seek the advice of a specialist that is experienced at treating knee injuries, if that is what you truly have. Seeking the help of an orthopedic surgeon would probably be a good choice. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a pulled muscle and a torn muscle?

What is the difference between a pulled muscle and a torn muscle?

No difference: Both are strains which is an injury to the muscle. Note that a sprain is something different in that it is an injury to a ligament. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a pulled muscle and a torn muscle?

How to tell the difference between a pulled muscle and a torn muscle?

Graded 1 through 3..: Sprains & strains are graded based on the # of fibers w/in the structure that are stretched/ torn. This is by no means an exact # of fibers, but a grade 1 = fiber stretch, grade two = partial/ moderate disruption, & grade three = complete disruption. Symptoms of each are very similar but severity varies. Rice is the beginning treatment regardless of grade. Severe inj often need pt, sometime surger. ...Read more

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When u pull a muscle tear and it heals does it heal with new muscle tissue. If no y when u weight train it heals with new muscle but not with injury?

When u pull a muscle tear and it heals does it heal with new muscle tissue. If no y when u weight train it heals with new muscle but not with injury?

Tear me up.: Muscle tear, for the most part, heal with normal muscle tissue. Occasionally, however, some torn muscle tissue may be replaced by fibrous tissue, forming scars. ...Read more

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Can muscle tension from anxiety cause you to have a muscle sprain/muscle tear/muscle pull, etc?

Can muscle tension from anxiety cause you to have a muscle sprain/muscle tear/muscle pull, etc?

Only part of problem: John,

While anxiety can increase muscle tone, this is not likely the biggest reason for a tear. More likely the injured muscle was tight from lack of stretching, or even over-stretching/weakness. A muscle tear or sprain is diagnosed through a physical exam by a doctor and confirmed with an MRI. Although if the pain improves spontaneously an MRI often will not alter the treatment plan. ...Read more

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Can a muscle tear and wrap around a lung? Or could a bad pulled muscle lay me up for 3 plus months. My side is tender to touch n burns when arm is up

Can a muscle tear and wrap around a lung? Or could a bad pulled muscle lay me up for 3 plus months. My side is tender to touch n burns when arm is up

Unlikely muscle: Unlikely that this is muscle after 3 months. Burning suggests the intercostal nerve was damaged. This can be verifyed by an EMG and then appropriately treated. ...Read more

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How do I treat a muscle strain?

How do I treat a muscle strain?

Various things: Acutely, cold (ice) can reduce the swelling and discomfort. Later on, heat may feel better. A short period of rest is okay, but gentle stretching and exercise after a few days is okay unless the strain is severe. Over the counter pain relievers may help the discomfort. If these fail or the pain is severe, see your primary provider or sports specialist. ...Read more

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Could a muscle strain be serious?

Could a muscle strain be serious?

Yes: If the strain was bad the muscle will ruptur and may need surgery to repiar. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have muscle strain?

See below: You will usually have pain on motion and the area of the muscle will feel swollen ...Read more

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Can stretching help reduce muscle strain?

Can stretching help reduce muscle strain?

Absolutely: Proper warmup and stretching should be part of your excercise regimen. ...Read more

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How to cure acute muscle strain without meds?

How to cure acute muscle strain without meds?

Easy: Hot and cold water. Repeated change.

works for me and a lot of other people I know.

The secret is very cold and very hot. From my point of view.

But there may be better ways.


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What should you do about a butt muscle strain?

Rest and NSAIDs: Treat all sprains and strains with "rice" - rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Nsaids include Ibuprofen adn naproxyn. Muscle strains can take 6-12 weeks to heal. This is a large muscle so it will probably take closer to 10-12 weeks. Pain in this area may be from piriformis syndrome or sciatica, a sign of a pinched nerve in your back. If symptoms persiste, see a doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal a muscle strain?

Depends on tear: This really depends on what muscle was involved and what grade of tear (strain) is involved. Rather than immobilization, gentle mobilization exercises are helpful to prevent scarring and possible chronic pain. Typically, a grade 3 tear, it can take 8-12 weeks to completely heal. Obviously, with lesser injury. Working with a physical therapist or certified athletic trainer can be helpful. ...Read more

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Can standing still all day cause muscle strain?

Not typically: It can cause low back pain or leg pain. Strains are injuries to muscle from overstretching the tissue, ie from exercises, sports, forced exertion. Think of a group of rubber bands which get stretched beyond their limit. Some will "break" sooner than others, ie a torn muscle. But just standing won't put the strain on it. ...Read more

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How long can an interior muscle strain last for?

How long can an interior muscle strain last for?

Depends: Muscle strains are small tears in the muscle. They take 6 weeks to heal, but can take longer if you continue to stretch or tear the area. ...Read more

Muscle Tear (Definition)

The muscle is actually torn or ripped through. It can come with trauma, certain medications such as statins can contribute to it, and can be associated with elevated muscle ...Read more


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Muscle Strain (Definition)

Muscle strain, also called a pulled muscle, is a condition where a muscle or its tendon is overstretched and torn leading to pain, decreased range ...Read more