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Pulled Muscle: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Pulled Muscle


Causes

A pulled muscle is usually caused by a sudden, uncoordinated movement. A pulled muscle occurs when the muscle fibres and the surrounding connective tissue are overstretched, leading to the damage of individual muscle cells. A pulled muscle is therefore a tiny rupture of the muscle.

Pulled muscles happen particularly often if the muscles have been insufficiently warmed up before exercise or if a muscle is continuously overstrained.

Symptoms

  • the muscle is limited in its movement and it feels hard
  • Acute, jabbing pain, especially if pressure is applied to the affected area.
  • Sudden pains are felt in the affected area or they develop within the space of a few minutes.

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Treatment

  • Rest
  • Keep it cool
  • Compression
  • Go to the doctor!


Prevention

A good warm-up and an adequate supply of electrolytes considerably decrease the risk of getting a pulled muscle.

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