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Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Overview)

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 of motion, and swelling.


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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

Dr. Rohit Keswani
800 Doctors shared insights

Muscle Strain (Overview)

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 of motion, and swelling.


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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

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What are the presenting symptoms that can manifest after muscle strain?

What are the presenting symptoms that can manifest after muscle strain?

Swelling, pain, bruisi: Swelling, tenderness, bruising, localized pain, limping, etc. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve the symptoms of muscle strain?

What can I do to relieve the symptoms of muscle strain?

Ice and advil (ibuprofen): The best treatment is prevention which would be proper warm up and stretching prior to vigorous excercise. If a strain occurs ice, rest and advil (ibuprofen). ...Read more

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Can neck strain during exercise cause lhermitte's sign (sit ups, push ups, stair climbing).Began w/pulled muscle in lower back&spread to neck.

Can neck strain during exercise cause lhermitte's sign (sit ups, push ups, stair climbing).Began w/pulled muscle in lower back&spread to neck.

Really shouldn't: Understand that lhermitte's sign is a shock-like sensation that radiates to arms and legs during a flexion or forced flexion maneuver of the neck. Classically, this was used to identify ms. It is presently used to commonly identify symptomatic spinal cord compression. So, if you are not having the arm/leg symptoms, this is not lhermitte's sign. If yes, you should consider evaluation by spine md. ...Read more

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Do doctors usually perform ultrasounds to diagnose muscle strains as part of the diagnosis in sports medicine?

Do doctors usually perform ultrasounds to diagnose muscle strains as part of the diagnosis in sports medicine?

U/S IN SPORTS: U/S modalities are becoming more popular through medicine & sports medicine is no different, particularly with the increased optics (resolution) of U/S probes. A skilled ultrasound operator & U/S interpreter may be able to identify edema associated with muscle injuries but it would require a level of training that many providers don't have. Image shows U/S of rotator tendon injury w/ edema. ...Read more

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Pain on left side below rib, toward back. Had mri, blood work & urine tests, all was ok. 3 weeks later, still pain, doesn't feel like muscle strain.

Quadratus lumborum?: Assuming that your MRI was a normal lumbar mri, that you do not have a rash over the area (shingles), and that workup for a kidney stone was negative, then I would consider the possibility of quadratus lumborum pain. It starts deep in the flank between the hip and ribs, and can radiate to the back or groin. Consider seeing a physiatrist or pain physician to verify. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have muscle strain?

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 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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Could slight breast pain mean cancer or muscle strain?

Could slight breast pain mean cancer or muscle strain?

Yes: Most cancers of the breast don't cause pain but some do, so what you describe could be almost anything. At your age is not likely to be cancer but if it bothers you enough to ask, why don't you have it checked by your doc? Hopefully it will take a weight out of your mind. ...Read more

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How to treat muscle strain?

Rest: Muscle requires rest to give it a chance to heal and recover. Icing to reduce edema and inflammation is helpful, anti-inflammatories can reduce inflammation and decrease discomfort and gentle stretching can prevent cramps and reduce potential scaring. ...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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Have possible calf muscle strain. Have elevated and iced nearly 24 hrs. Now seeing a vein popped out running down lower leg. Am I treating this right?

Have possible calf muscle strain. Have elevated and iced nearly 24 hrs. Now seeing a vein popped out running down lower leg. Am I treating this right?

Blood clot: If you have calf swelling and pain, you really should be checked out to make sure you don't have a blood clot. If that test is normal, then rest, ice and some physical therapy should allow the calf to return to normal. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for muscle strain?

What is the treatment for muscle strain?

RICE: Rest of injured area, ice to injured area - 20 min on 20 min off, may alternate with heating pad, compression (ace bandage) and elevation if the area is swollen. ...Read more

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Upper-back muscle strain after 2 month of rest still not cured. Pain and a small swallowed bumb in the area of injury. What shall I do?

Bump: If rest was all you tried and it has not resolved then you should now see your doctor and he may perhaps send you to pt/massage. A trigger injection may be of benefit depending on what it is. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of muscle strain in my arms?

How can I get rid of muscle strain in my arms?

Rest: The best initial treatment for most muscle strains are resting for a period of days, icing initially after the injury, medicines like Ibuprofen and gentle stretching after the pain has improved. ...Read more

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I have a groin muscle strain. I weigh 210 lbs. Can I take 4 Advil (ibuprofen) tablets, how may time per day, and for how long?

I have a groin muscle strain. I weigh 210 lbs. Can I take 4 Advil (ibuprofen) tablets, how may time per day, and for how long?

Depends: On the dose in the advil (ibuprofen). Advil (ibuprofen) is ibuprofin/motrin and the highest dose per day is 3200mg. 800 mg with food as it can upset your stomach 3x/day should keep you comfortable. I would take it at 6-7 hour intervals so it is never out of your system and you can stay ahead of the pain. ...Read more

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Should I get an X-ray of my left leg/hip? My name is brian, I'm 25 and I have had a very annoying pain in my left leg/hip for a few weeks now, I work in a mattress warehouse and it gets pretty physical. I was hoping it was just a muscle strain and it woul

Should I get an X-ray of my left leg/hip? My name is brian, I'm 25 and I have had a very annoying pain in my left leg/hip for a few weeks now, I work in a mattress warehouse and it gets pretty physical. I was hoping it was just a muscle strain and it woul

Brian, From: Brian,

from the description of your symptoms you should certainly seek medical attention. Musculoskeletal pains will often resolve with conservative therapy; however there are several uncommon conditions such as osteonecrosis which will require medical intervention to prevent further damage.

Obtaining an x-ray exam is a good starting point and will demonstrate many bony abnormalities; however x-rays are limited to looking at the skeleton. Your doctor will decide if advanced imaging such as MRI is necessary to look at the muscles, tendons, cartilage and bone marrow. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent muscle strain when lifting?

Bend at the knees.: Bending at the waist when lifting is a sure fire way to strain your back...Eventually. Bend at th knees, one in front of other, and limit the weight to 10 pounds:). ...Read more

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Right side of lower back painful when I walk. How to stretch this muscle? How to change gait to avoid straining this muscle? Any exercise suitable?

Right side of lower back painful when I walk. How to stretch this muscle? How to change gait to avoid straining this muscle? Any exercise suitable?

Crunches, leg raise: Axial back bain can be one-sided the treatment begins with lifestyle issues such as weight, smoking and fitness. General cardiovascular exercises such as jogging biking and stairstepping can improve sx as well. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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.


Good luck ...Read more

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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

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


Dr. Harinder Gill
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Aching Muscles (Definition)

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