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Muscle pull is a common condition suffered by many individuals, old and young. According to Wiki-how, a pulled or strained muscle is one that has been overstretched due to physical activity, resulting in swelling and pain.

Muscle pull or strain usually occurs when the muscle is over strained, over used or fatigued. it occurs mainly in the lower back, neck, shoulder or thigh.

According to health line, the symptoms of muscle pull include sudden onset of pain, soreness, limited range of movement, bruising or discoloration, swelling, a “knotted-up” feeling, muscle spasms, stiffness.

The causes of muscle pull are numerous, they include not warming up properly before physical activity, poor flexibility, poor conditioning, overexertion and fatigue. Despite most presumption, muscle pull does not occur only because of strenuous activities.

According to John Hopkins medicine, muscle pull can occur even while walking. It’s mostly common during cold seasons.

 

Treatment for Muscle pull includes:

Rest the muscle: When you strain a muscle, stop doing the activity that caused it to be strained. Pulled muscles are actually rips in muscle fibres, and further exertion could cause the tear to grow larger and lead to a serious injury. If a pulled muscle occurs while you’re running or playing a sport, and you have to stop and catch your breath due to the severe pain, the best thing to do is sit the rest of the game out.

Take a few days to recover from the pulled muscle before resuming the activity that caused it.

 

Ice the muscle. Icing the area reduces swelling and helps ease the pain. Fill a large food storage bag with ice cubes. Wrap it in a thin towel, to protect your skin from getting damaged by direct ice. Hold the ice pack to your sore area for 20 minutes at a time several times a day until the swelling has gone down.

 

Compress the area. Wrapping the site of the pulled muscle can reduce inflammation and provide support to prevent further injury. Use an ace bandage to loosely wrap your arm or leg.

Don’t wrap the area too tightly, or you might inhibit circulation.

If you don’t have an ace bandage, cut an old pillowcase into one long strip and use it to compress the area.

After a few days, apply heat to the muscle several times a day. This will help bring blood circulation to the area for healing.

Don’t rest your muscle for too long. This can cause stiffness and weakness. Begin light stretching as soon as possible. Slowly increase your level of activity.

Make sure to stretch and warm up before exercising when you return to normal activity. This will help increase blood flow to your muscles and decrease your risk of injury.

Make an effort to stay in shape. You’re less likely to develop a strain if your muscles are strong and healthy.

 

When to see a doctor

Seek the advice of a doctor when

–    The pain doesn’t subside after a week.

–     The injured area is numb.

–      There’s blood coming from your injury.

–     You can’t walk.

–    You can’t move your arms or legs.

 

How to prevent muscle pull

The best way is to understand your body’s limit. If a certain activity doesn’t seem right to you then stop it. Or try something different.

Other ways include; do not to sit in one position for too long, take frequent breaks to move and change position.

Maintain good posture when standing and sitting. If you spend a long time in one position, try to alternate putting one foot and then the other on a low footstool. This can help decrease stress on your back muscles.

Take precautions to prevent falls, such as holding handrails on stairways, avoiding slippery surfaces, and keeping your floors uncluttered.

 

Wear shoes that fit properly

Regular exercise can keep your muscles healthy and strong, but proper techniques are also crucial in preventing muscle strains. Always stretch and warm up before engaging in physical activity.

Muscle pull usually take days or weeks to heal at most. Severe or acute cases take several months of which it becomes necessary to visit a doctor.

 

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