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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

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Dr. Rohit Keswani
773 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

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. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Aching Muscles (Definition)

Soreness ...Read more