Whether from an injury or overuse, a muscle strain can cause sudden pain and soreness that may impair your mobility. While it is possible to manage a muscle strain at home, if your strain is severe or is not improving, the pain management experts at Source Healthcare in Santa Monica, California can provide treatment to improve your discomfort. Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn more or to get started on a treatment plan.
A muscle strain occurs when you overstretch or tear a muscle. You may develop a muscle strain due to muscle fatigue, overuse, or poor body mechanics. Whereas you can strain any muscle in your body, strains most often occur in the back, shoulders, neck, and back of the thigh.
You may be able to feel your muscle strain as it is occurring due to a sudden onset of pain. Other symptoms include:
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 are not improving with at-home care or your strain is making it difficult for you to carry out your daily tasks.
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.
The team at Source Healthcare develops 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.