You don’t have to be performing an extreme exercise to pull a muscle. Day-to-day activities can just as easily put your muscles at risk of overuse or extreme pressure. While pulling a muscle can cause major discomfort, it is rarely a serious injury. In fact, icing and resting the muscle, while utilizing over-the-counter medication to ease the pain, can treat most pulled muscles.
Symptoms of a pulled muscle
If you’ve strained your muscle, it will likely feel sore and be accompanied by a dull, aching pain. Occasionally, pulled muscles will also be sore or tender to the touch. In addition to sore muscles, you may experience soreness in the joint near the injured muscle.
What does a pulled muscle look like?
Most of the time, minor muscle strains won’t have any symptoms you can see. Moderate to severe strains, on the other hand, often have visual symptoms, such as swelling or redness near the pulled muscle. For severe strains, specifically those that tear the fibers, you may notice bruising near the injury site, worsening over time.
What else you should consider
It is easy to confuse muscle cramps with a pulled muscle, as the pain is very similar. However, cramps will likely be accompanied by uncontrollable contractions to the muscle. It’s important to note that generalized muscle soreness that is not linked to a specific injury could be caused by another medical condition. If you’re experiencing additional symptoms such as fever, nausea or extreme fatigue, you should seek medical attention to determine what’s causing the pain.
Treatment for a pulled muscle
If your muscle strain is severe, a doctor will likely recommend you use crutches or a brace until the injury has healed. Your doctor may also suggest rehabilitation exercises to help with the healing.
If you’ve suffered a severe muscle strain, consider seeking medical attention at Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.