You may have heard the term “muscle strain”. What does this really mean?
What is a muscle strain?
A muscle strain is when your muscle fibers overstretch or tear. This can occur during activities in which your muscles stretch beyond their normal limit or contract too strongly. Muscles strains can be graded from mild to severe. A mild muscle strain occurs when only a few muscle fibers are affected. A more severe muscle strain involves a tear through an entire region of the muscle.
What causes a muscle strain?
Muscle strains can be caused by simple activities such as twisting or moving the wrong way. Muscle strains can also be caused by lifting an object off of the floor or doing other activities with improper body mechanics.
Muscles strains can also occur from repetitive use and injury to the same muscle group.
What are some symptoms of a muscle strain?
Symptoms of a muscle strain can include pain and tenderness at the area of injury, limitation of movement of the affected muscle group, muscle spasms, swelling at the area of injury, weakness of the affected muscle group.
Can muscle strains become chronic?
Yes, muscle strains can become chronic. One a muscle strain becomes chronic, your muscles will take longer to recover. This is why it is important to see your physician to treat your muscle strain.
If you are are suffering or think you may be suffering from a muscle strain, I would be happy to evaluate you and take care of you. The faster you come in to get evaluated and treated, the easier your recovery will be.
Wishing you good health,
Dr. Sapna Sheth Rajput
Sports Injuries, Musculoskeletal Injury/pain, Occupational Medicine