Muscular injuries are caused due to an accident or trauma that leads to a pulled muscle or an overstretched muscle. Muscular injuries may be due to stretching or tearing of muscles. Muscular injuries usually occur due to fatigue, overuse or improper usage of muscles. Common areas of muscular injuries are lower back, neck, shoulder and hamstring. Symptoms are:
• Sudden, shooting pain
• Limited range of motion
• Bruising or discoloration
• Knotted-up feeling
• Muscle spasms or cramps
HOW IS MUSCULAR INJURIES DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis is usually made based on history and physical exam. Patients will report pain in the area of injury that is worse with contraction of that muscle. An x-ray may be helpful to rule out a fracture or dislocation as the cause of pain. An MRI can sometimes be helpful to determine where the injury has occurred and whether there is complete rupture or not. MRI’s can also show collections of blood, called a hematoma, that sometimes occur following severe injuries.
HOW IS MUSCULAR INJURIES TREATED?
While most of the Muscular Injuries can be successfully treated at home, however, in a severe case of Muscular Injuries, doctors may prescribe physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the pain in the muscle.
DID YOU KNOW?
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