Muscle strains are identified as a pulled muscle and can occur when a muscle is torn or overstretched. Strains typically happen as a result of overuse, fatigue, or improper use of the muscle. While strains can happen in any part of the body, they are most commonly found in the legs, shoulders, neck, and lower back. Often, strains cause movement limitations and pain.
Muscle strains can occur due to overuse, fatigue, or improper muscle use. Typically they can be due to:
Most muscle strains can easily be treated at home with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, may help with pain and swelling. After a few days of rest, heat pads and light stretching will aid in healing.
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