Muscular injuries are any kind of injuries to the muscles that are caused due to various reasons including strenuous exercises, fatigue, over or improper use of the muscles. These injuries can be in the form of sprains, strains or pulled muscles. Muscle injuries generally cause pain that ranges between mild to severe. Signs could be swelling, bruising and redness in the affected area. There could be pain while you rest as well.
HOW IS MUSCULAR INJURIES DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of muscular injury depends on the symptoms and severity of injury. The physiotherapist may enquire about recent overstraining of muscles due to physical exercise or accident. Imaging tests like X-rays and MRI scans are useful in assessing the damage to muscles.
HOW IS MUSCULAR INJURIES TREATED?
The majority of acute muscle injuries are partial thickness tears. These can most often be treated successfully with rest, ice, compression, elevation (also known as RICE), and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen. Complete muscle injuries can lead to significant functional impairment and lost playing time and may require surgery.
DID YOU KNOW?
Many athletes are able to return to their previous level of competition, but since scar tissue forms at the site of injury, they may susceptible to another injury at that location.