We have all heard someone say at one point or another that they have pulled a muscle, but do any of us really understand what a pulled muscle is?
A pulled muscle is a very common sports injury that occurs when the muscle fiber has been over stretched and begins to tear. Sometimes bleeding will occur from the tears and a bruise will form over the sore area.
A pulled muscle is no different from any other sports injury in that ice is the best medicine for treating the injured area. Applying ice will help to reduce swelling and any pain you may be experiencing.
How Long Does a Pulled Muscle Last
The only thing that can cure a pulled muscle is time. If you were to go to a sports medicine clinic they may be able to provide you with some treatments that will speed up the healing process, but there is no magic fix. The best thing you can do is to take it easy while the muscle tissue heals itself and make sure that you do not over exert it.
Pulled Muscle Exercise
When you are able to resume activity, always make sure that you take the time to stretch well and to warm up properly. Over-exerting cold muscles is often the cause of the pull in the first place. When you ask a muscle group to work hard without allowing it the time to establish the proper blood flow, you are asking for trouble.
You may find that wrapping the affected area with an elastic bandage helps keep it warm and loose, thus preventing the possibility of further damage. These wraps are available at many local pharmacies and sporting goods retailers.
After several days if you have not seen any improvement in your injury, you may have to seek professional treatment. There is a good chance that you have underestimated the extent of your injury. If this is the case, you may have done more damage than you may have realized. In some cases, the muscle can tear away from the bone and curl back up on itself. This type of injury is as painful as it sounds and it is not something easily overlooked. A severely torn and/or pulled muscle will require surgery and if this is what you have you should not wait to have the injury taken care of.