Torn Muscle Symptoms

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Muscle strains are often referred to as a “torn muscle” or “pulled muscles,” and they occur when there is damage to muscle fibers and other fibers that help attach muscle to bone.

Strained muscles often heal on their own without treatment, and the resulting discomfort may be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. However, you should get in touch with your primary care doctor if you feel significant pain, if you cannot move without substantial pain, or if you experience numbness in the injured area.

Muscle Strain Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of muscle sprains, strains and tears vary depending on the location and severity of the injury. General muscle strain indicators include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Limited mobility in the affected area
  • Muscle spasms

A muscle strain can occur when a muscle stretches abruptly, becomes overextended, or is pulled in an unusual manner. Fatigue, poor conditioning, muscle overuse and sudden strain are factors that may contribute to a muscle tear.

The Muscle Strain Scale

Torn Muscle or strain injuries are generally graded on a three-level scale:

  • First-degree muscle strain (mild): Little pulling or tearing of fibers, minimal pain, and good joint stability
  • Second-degree muscle strain (moderate): Broad pulling and some tearing of fibers accompanied by pain, swelling and bruising; decreased flexibility
  • Third-degree muscle strain (severe): Torn muscle fibers, ligament rupturing and unstable connective joint; intense pain and significant swelling

Treatment for Muscle Strains, Tears

Moderate muscle strains may be treated with ice to reduce swelling and a brace or splint to temporarily immobilize the muscle and promote healing. Depending on the extent of discomfort, your physician may recommend an over-the-counter medication or prescribe a pain reliever.

When a complete muscle tear occurs, or if a torn ligament is also present, surgery may be necessary. Activity restriction and rehabilitation may be necessary for both second- and third-degree muscle strains.

If you’re seeking a knowledgeable and compassionate primary care doctor in the Littleton, Colorado, area, please contact Dr. Andy Fine online or call our office at 303-703-8583 today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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