Muscle Strain or Ligament Strain


A muscle strain is an injury to a tendon or muscle. A tendon is the fibrous tissue that connects muscles to bones. Severe injuries may involve partial or complete tears in these tissues. However, minor injuries may only overstretch a muscle or tendon.

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How long until will a muscle strain go away?

Within three to six weeks you may be able to return to normal activities with basic home care for a mild strain. If you are unlucky enough to have a more severe strain, recovery can take several months. In the case of severe muscle strain,  physical therapy and surgical repair may be necessary. Although with proper treatment, most of the time people recover completely.

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How do I know if I strained a muscle?

Muscle strain symptoms include:

  1. Bruising, swelling or redness due to the injury.
  2. Pain when not active.
  3. Pain when the specific muscle is used.
  4. Weakness in the muscle or tendons.
  5. Inability to use the injured muscle.

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Use proper lifting technique to avoid a muscle strain.

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Should you stretch a strained muscle?

When you are dealing with an injury from muscle strain. You may need to stretch those muscles out.  Not stretching properly before being active may make your muscles work too hard and cause injury. When you stretch an injured area, you can increase blood flow and help your tissues heal faster. Consult medical consultant to learn weather your muscle strain is severe or acute.

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