What is a Muscle Strain?

A Strain is an injury to the fibers of a muscle or tendon while a sprain is an injury to a ligament. The muscles contract (get shorter) and relax (get longer) to cause movement. An example would be the contraction of the biceps (located on the front of the upper arm) and a relaxation of the triceps (located on the back of the upper arm). This produces a bend at the elbow. The contraction of the triceps and relaxation of the biceps produces the effect of straightening the arm.  Any of these components can be injured by trauma causing joint, tendon, and muscle problems. Pain is the main symptom of strains and sprains. The pain may be dull, sharp, and may be mild to severe; pain may be immediate, as it is with most injuries. 

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What causes it? Overtraining or acute injuries incurred in sports can cause a muscle strain. Tense musculature in patients with a lack of flexability can also predispose you to this injury. Stretching before an form of physical activity is important to prevent strains and sprains from happening.

What are my treatment options? 

Conventional approaches
Most strains are often managed pharmaceutically with medications that reduce pain and inflammation.

Natural alternative or complimentary options 
Biopuncture is treatment that uses natural remedies that are injected into the region of the injured tissue to help strengthen it and speed recovery time. To read more on this therapy, click here.

Other natural alternatives to medication include therapies such as laser therapy, IMS (intramuscular stimulation) and medical acupuncture with electro-stimulation, massage, active release therapy and hydrotherapy techniques. 

Natural anti-inflammatory remedies can also be helpful in managing the pain and rehabilitation exercises or work modifications are also important to help prevent further injury.

If you looking for treatments for your muscle tear and live in or near Vaughan, come visit us at KIH clinic. We are located in Kleinburg (Vaughan), Ontario, right in the heart of the Kleinburg village. Fill out the form to the right of this page and we will get right back to you promptly with up-to-date, accurate and useful information on the next best steps in the treatment of your condition/concern.

Resources:

Natural Standard Databases:

http://naturalstandard.com.ezproxy.ccnm.edu/databases/conditions/all/condition-jointmusclepain.asp