Have You Damaged a Muscle or Its Tendons?

A muscle strain is damage to a muscle or its attaching tendons. Also known as a “pulled muscle,” a muscle strain can result from strenuous activity. In the case of a severe muscle strain, the muscle can tear and small blood vessels can be damaged, causing localized bleeding and pain.

Cause/Risk Factors of Muscle Strain

  • Muscle strain can occur during the course of normal activities when undue stress is placed on the lower back.
  • Frequent causes of muscle strain include lifting a heavy object, lifting while twisting, or a sudden movement or fall.
  • Sports injuries are also a frequent cause of muscle strain.
  • Risk factors include poor physical conditioning, fatigue, and improper warm-up before exercising.

Symptoms of Muscle Strain

Symptoms of muscle strain range from a mild ache to debilitating pain and can include:

  • Swelling, bruising or redness
  • Pain at rest
  • Pain when the specific muscle or the joint in relation to that muscle is used
  • Weakness of the muscles or tendons
  • Inability to use the muscle

Diagnosis of Muscle Strain

  • During a physical exam, your pain specialist can check for swelling and points of tenderness in the affected area.
  • X-rays can be taken to rule out a fracture or other bone injury as the source of the problem.
  • MRIs can also be used to diagnose the injury.

Treatment of Muscle Strain

At PMIR Medical Center, we understand that pain is a complex condition that affects the whole person—body, mind and spirit. We provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treatment, customizing the most effective treatment plans for our patients and empowering them to become a collaborative partner in their recovery process.

Muscle strains generally heal over time, in as little as a few days to a few weeks. Application of ice immediately following a muscle strain can reduce your pain and swelling. Avoiding activities that can cause additional pain or swelling is also important.

We offer treatment options for muscle strain that include:

We specialize in non-medication-based therapies to help our patients achieve sustained pain relief. However, we do offer pain medication, when necessary, as a supplement to other treatment options.

We may also recommend complementing your treatment at PMIR with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) options that include:

  • Massage
  • Chiropractic care

Make An Appointment Today

To learn more about how we treat muscle strains and to find the treatment plan that might be best for you, contact us directly via our online form or request an appointment today by calling (855) 764-7633.

Talk to our Pain and Spine Specialists