A muscle strain results from over-use or hyperextension. In some cases, the muscle may actually be torn. Strains can happen in any muscle, but are more common in your shoulders, neck, hamstring, thigh or lower back.
A muscle strain causes pain and may limit movement within the affected muscle group. Mild to moderate strains can be successfully treated at home with ice, heat and anti-inflammatory medications. Severe strains or tears may require medical treatment.
Diagnostic imaging may be necessary to learn the extent of the damage to your muscle. Depending on the severity, physical therapy may be required. In the severest cases, surgical repair may be necessary.
Symptoms of mild to moderate muscle strains are usually gone within a few weeks. More severe strains may take months to heal.
You should seek medical care if:
- The pain does not subside.
- You experience numbness in the affected area.
- Movement is very difficult.
Through physical examination and imaging tests, our medical providers can determine the extent of your injury.