How to Tell If You Have Strained a Muscle

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How to Tell If You Have Strained a Muscle

Muscle injuries and sprains take place when a muscle is overstretched or works too hard. Usually, the injury can be treated at-home with things like at-home workouts or over the counter medication. Most people, including seniors, might not be aware that they have a strained muscle, so we put together a list of ways to tell if you have one. Read about it below.

Symptoms:

One of the most common ways to tell if you have strained a muscle is sudden pain. After heavy lifting, if you are experienced back pain or a “pull” feel then you probably overstretched and overworked your back muscles.

Other symptoms of a strained muscle can be bruising, muscle cramps, difficulty moving the area, muscle spasms, muscle weakness, pain, and swelling.

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Diagnosis:

Strained muscles can usually be self-diagnosed but it is always a good idea to see your doctor and get a physical exam. If your doctor suspects you have a muscle strain they might order imaging or run tests to see what grade strain it is.

Grade one strains are mild and will usually heal very quickly, but grade 3 strain might require physical therapy or rehab care.

How to Treat Muscle Strain:

The first way you can treat a strain is some home remedies. One of the most effective approaches is known as the RICE technique. This is done by resting the muscle, icing it for 10-15 minute intervals, compression, and elevation.

 

Recovery exercises are also a good way to get you feeling back to full swing once you have allowed your muscles to rest. Try doing some hamstring stretches, arm stretches, hip flexor, and neck exercises to slowly stretch your muscles and not over work them.

 

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