Along with bones, muscles play a key role in our mobility and strength. Though they’re not susceptible to breaking like bones, they can strain and tear anywhere in the body.
Muscle strains can be traumatic or result from repetitive activity, overexertion, poor flexibility, or bad posture. Activities like throwing, lifting, jumping, and rowing can cause strains. They can even occur from a fall or high-impact event.
A muscle strain can cause gradual pain and soreness, but in some cases the pain can have immediate onset. Depending on the severity of the strain, there is usually slight immobility, swelling, bruising, stiffness, and muscle spasms.
An orthopaedic specialist will recommend plenty of rest, elevation, and icing. Mild strains treated at home will normally subside in a few days to a couple of weeks. Serious tears that don’t subside over time, or cause numbness, bleeding, and total immobility, require immediate medical attention. If you’re coping with a painful muscle strain, give us a call at 910-891-4202.