Muscle strain, also known as a pulled muscle, is a common injury that occurs when a muscle is overstretched or torn due to excessive or sudden force. This can happen during physical activity, sports, or even everyday activities.
Muscle strain can vary in severity, from mild discomfort to severe pain that can limit movement. Common symptoms of muscle strain include pain, stiffness, swelling, and bruising.
There are several causes of muscle strain, including:
Overuse: Repeatedly using a muscle can cause it to become fatigued and more prone to injury.
Improper stretching: Failing to stretch properly before physical activity can increase the risk of muscle strain.
Poor posture: Poor posture can place additional stress on muscles, leading to strain.
Weak muscles: Weak muscles are more prone to injury, as they are not able to handle the same amount of stress as stronger muscles.
Treatment for muscle strain typically involves rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), as well as over-the-counter pain relievers to manage pain and inflammation. In more severe cases, physical therapy or other medical interventions may be necessary.