Understanding Muscle Strains

History of muscle strains increase the risk of future strains and should never be left ignored. Progressing through stages from managing pain, towards end stage and return to sport will depend on the the severity and your individual goals.
muscle strain

About a Muscle strain

  • A muscle strain (or tear) occurs when the demand on a muscle exceeds its capacity.
  • A strain is graded generally between Grade 1 – a stretch and micro tear of muscle fibres, up to a Grade 3 – a complete rupture of the muscle.
  • History of having a previous muscle strain increases the risk of future strains and therefore management should occur to reduce the likelihood of reinjury.
  • Strength training can significantly reduce injury risk; such as the Nordic hamstring exercise which has been shown to reduce hamstring re-injuries by 85%.

What can I do now? (before seeing a physio)

  • “P.O.L.I.C.E”: Protection, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, and Elevation
  • Optimal loading = gentle pain free movement and weight bearing.
  • Gentle PAIN FREE stretching
  • Avoid heat, massage, or strenuous activity for 48-72 hours

What can we do to help?

  • Bodycare Physiotherapists are highly trained in managing muscle strains and are up to date with the latest research on treatment strategies and healing physiology.
  • Your physiotherapist will determine the grade of strain and biomechanical factors which most likely contributing to sustaining your injury.
  • Treatment will depend on the timeframe, severity and individual patient goals.
  • This will generally progress from managing pain, swelling and improving movement, towards end stage return to sport rehab such as sprinting, jumping and changing direction.

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