Muscle strains can happen when muscles become over stretched, due to trauma or overuse, causing these fibres to tear. A muscle strain is commonly referred to as a pulled muscle or a muscle tear and can suddenly occur. Any muscle in your body is vulnerable to a muscle strain or tear and they are graded from 1 to 3, this helps to determine the severity of the injury. The grades are as follows:
Grade 1: (Mild) small amount of muscle fibres are torn
Grade 2: (Moderate) significant amount of fibres torn
Grade: (Severe) the muscle is completely ruptures
Strains occur when the muscle is put under stress and are forced to perform movements that they are not designed to do e.g. hyperextension, causes of strains can included:
Our Sports Therapists can perform an examination and assessment to determine whether you have sustained a muscle strain and the severity of the injury. MRI scans may also be required to diagnose muscle strains.
After the examination has been performed, a treatment and rehabilitation program will be designed depending on the severity of the strain. Most of the time, treatments will be used in combination with the following:
Sports Therapy treatments for muscle strains help to speed up the recovery process so that you can return to your daily activities and/or sport. Sports Therapy will also help to prevent further injuries from occurring. Benefits of treatment include: