What is a muscle strain?
A muscle strain occurs when you overstretch or tear a muscle, resulting in pain. You may develop a muscle strain due to muscle fatigue, overuse, or poor body mechanics. While you can strain any muscle in your body, strains most often occur in the back, shoulders, neck, and back of the thigh.
What are the symptoms of a muscle strain?
You may be able to feel your muscle strain as it’s occurring due to a sudden onset of pain. Other symptoms include:
- Reduced range of motion
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle weakness
The degree of your muscle strain may determine the severity of your symptoms. With a mild muscle strain, your muscle may feel stiff but you should be able to retain movement. With a severe muscle strain, you may have a severely limited range of motion along with the pain.
You can manage a mild muscle strain at home with ice, rest, and anti-inflammatory medication. But if your muscle strain is severe, you need to schedule an appointment with the team at Source Healthcare.
You should also see the pain management specialists for your muscle strain if your symptoms aren’t improving with at-home care or your strain is making it impossible for you to carry out your daily tasks.
How is a muscle strain diagnosed?
The team at Source Healthcare can diagnose a muscle strain during a comprehensive examination. In addition to reviewing your symptoms and conducting a physical exam, the team may also request diagnostic tests such as an X-ray or MRI to rule out other causes of your pain.
What are the treatments for muscle strain?
The team at Source Healthcare develop individualized treatment plans for the management of muscle strains. Your treatment plan may depend on the severity of your strain and the muscle affected.
Your plan may include anti-inflammatory medication to reduce your pain and swelling, as well as physical therapy to restore muscle strength and function as you recover.
While surgery is rarely needed for a muscle strain, if the strain is very severe, surgery may be necessary to repair the damage.
Muscle strains can affect your day-to-day activities. For an evaluation and treatment plan, call Source Healthcare or book an appointment online today.