Pain and tenderness in a muscle may indicate that you’ve strained or torn some of the muscle fiber. While some muscle strains can heal on their own, a bad strain may require rehabilitation at Sweetwater Sports Medicine at Oakbend Medical Center in Sugar Land, Texas. The caring team specializes in muscle stains, relieving your pain and getting you on the road to recovery. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
A muscle strain occurs when you overstretch or harshly contract your muscle, causing a tear in the muscle fiber. Muscle strains are categorized based on the degree of the tear.
Muscle strains are a common sports injury, but they can affect anyone at any time. Depending on the degree of the strain, it may take up to 10 weeks to heal.
Common symptoms of a muscle strain include:
In a grade III tear, you may hear a pop-like sound as the muscle tears.
Treatment for a muscle strain depends on the grade of the strain. For the less severe grade I and II strains, options include:
For a severe grade II or III strain, you may need to see an orthopedic specialist for casting or surgery. Due to the nature of the more severe strains, you also need physical or occupational therapy to improve strength and function of the muscle and to prevent further injury.
Rehabilitation for a strained muscle at Sweetwater Sports Medicine consists of a personalized treatment plan to help improve the strength and function of the affected muscle. It might include:
The goal of treatment is to reduce your pain and get your muscle back to its normal functioning.
Muscle strains aren’t always preventable, but you can take some precautions to protect your muscles, such as:
If you’re in the recovery stage of a muscle strain, call the office or book an appointment online to start treatment.