A pulled muscle is a part of life for anyone who plays sports, works, exercises, or enjoys the outdoors.
Also called a muscle strain, these injuries happen when your muscles are stretched beyond their limits. The result is inflammation, stiffness, and pain. And if not treated properly, that pain can last a long time.
If you have a pulled muscle, getting proper care right away is important. Dr. Keith McGahey of Eastside Chiropractic Group uses a combination of chiropractic and manual therapies for treating pulled muscles. This approach can help stop pain and restore function faster than therapy alone. So read on to learn more about pulled muscles. And when you’re ready, give us a call. You’ll be glad you did!
Pulled Muscle Symptoms
The most common symptom of a pulled muscle is pain. And it’s usually the worst right at the injury location. You may also see redness or swelling around the injured area. Pain is usually worse with movement, but can be present even at rest.
There is usually some tearing of muscle fibers that occurs with a pulled muscle. How much tearing depends on the injury. In severe injuries a muscle can tear all the way through. Either way, it’s important to seek medical attention right away.
What Causes A Pulled Muscle?
A pulled muscle happens when a muscle is pushed beyond its limits, causing damage to muscle fibers. Your body also produces scar tissue in the injured area, which can lead to more pain. If left untreated, scar tissue can cause a muscle to become stiff and weak. And this can make it more likely to be injured again.
Pulled muscles are more common with quick or sudden movements, or if you don’t warm up properly prior to exercise. Muscles that are tired from activity are also more likely to be injured.
Pulled Muscle Treatment – A Combination Approach May Be Your Best Option For Relief
When you have a pulled muscle, you want to feel better right away. But don’t confuse a lack of pain with proper healing. Taking pain medication and working or playing through pain can make your injury worse. And if you don’t want that injury coming back, you want to make sure it is fully healed.
For a pulled muscle, nothing works better than Active Release therapy. It’s the Gold Standard for soft tissue treatment, and can help heal a muscle injury fast. Chiropractic can help to improve joint motion around the injury. This can take strain off your muscles and help prevent re-injury. And Kinesio Tape is great for supporting and helping muscles heal after injury.
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Dr. McGahey has been helping people just like you get out of pain since 1998. If you have a pulled muscle, chances are he can help you too.
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