Muscle strains are injuries that occur when a muscle or tendon is stretched beyond its limits or is torn due to excessive force. They are a common type of injury, especially in athletes and those who participate in strenuous physical activities.
Some common symptoms of muscle strains include pain, swelling, bruising, stiffness, and difficulty moving the affected muscle or joint. The severity of the strain can range from mild to severe, with severe strains causing significant pain and impairment.
Treatment for muscle strains typically involves rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), as well as taking pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and inflammation. In some cases, physical therapy may also be recommended to help with rehabilitation and to prevent future injuries.
It’s important to properly warm up and stretch before engaging in physical activity to help prevent muscle strains. If you experience a muscle strain, it’s important to allow your body time to heal before returning to your normal level of activity to avoid re-injury.