Muscle pulls or strains are caused by stretching a muscle past its limits, which causes tears in the fiber of the muscle. If you pull a muscle, it’s important to rest the injury for at least a week. Apply ice for 15 minutes at a time and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to help with pain and swelling. Once the muscle has healed, you can slowly begin using it again. Strengthening exercises can help to prevent re-injury. If you have suffered a severe muscle pull, see your orthopedic doctor for an evaluation. In most cases, even severe injuries will heal without the need for invasive treatment, although physical therapy may be recommended to rebuild strength. However, if your injury is very severe or has damaged nearby tissues, surgical treatment may be needed.
Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is here to help you handle sprains, strains, fractures, and more in New York City. Our orthopedic specializes utilize state-of-the-art treatment techniques to treat sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions. Click through our blog to learn more about first aid for common injuries, or call (718) 897-2228 to speak with a doctor today.