Friday, 2 May 2014


Muscle strain or muscle pull or muscle tear implies damage is caused to a muscle or to its attached tendons. You may have put undue pressure on muscles during the normal course of normal daily activities, with sudden a heavy lift, during sports, or while performing various work tasks.

Muscle Strain Symptoms:
• Swelling, bruising or redness, or open cuts appear due to the injury
• Pain even at rest
• Pain when the specific muscle or the joint in relation to that muscle is used
• Weakness of the muscle or tendons
• Inability to use a muscle at all

• Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce pain
• Protection, ice, rest, elevation and compression can really help the affected muscle.
• Protect the strained muscle from further injury.
• Rest the strained muscle. Avoid the activities that caused the strain and other activities that are painful.
• Ice the muscle area (20 minutes every hour while awake). Ice is a very effective anti-inflammatory and pain-reliever. Small ice packs, such as packages of frozen vegetables or water frozen in foam coffee cups, applied to the area may help decrease inflammation.
• Compression can be a gently applied with an Ace or other elastic bandage, which can provide both support and decrease swelling. Do not wrap tightly.
• Elevate the injured area to decrease swelling. Prop up a strained leg muscle while sitting, for example.
• Activities that increase muscle pain or work the affected body part are not recommended until the pain has significantly improved.