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Muscle Strain (Pulled Muscle)

If you’ve ever played sports, chances are you’ve experienced a “pulled” muscle. This is the common term for muscle strains. You can decrease the chance of having a muscle strain by taking time to warm up (and down) before and after any physical activity. Most muscle strains can be treated at home and do not require medical intervention.

Muscle Strain: What You Need to Know

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  • Strained muscles cause an immediate, often sharp pain at the point of injury.
  • If you believe you have experienced a pulled muscle, you should immediately stop the activity that caused the strain and apply ice to the injured area. Ice the area two to three times a day for up to 20 minutes at a time.
  • A severe muscle strain will cause swelling and bruising. In the case of a severe pulled muscle, you may find yourself unable to move your limb.
  • You can reduce your risk of muscle strains by taking time to warm up and stretch your muscles before any type of physical activity, including walking. Muscle strains occur more often in cold, inflexible muscles.

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