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Does a Strain Need Surgery

Experiencing muscle pains and strains during strenuous exercise is common. Regardless, when a serious strain occurs, it will usually involve muscle tearing as a result. Tearing of the muscle will likely result from pushing the body past its physical limits. This tearing will also likely occur when an individual is not properly prepared for exercise. So, ultimately the muscle is very susceptible to tearing.

The same is true of people who enter into an exercise program without preparation, as well as those who may suffer an accident on the job. The fact is, if you have a muscle, it can be strained or torn. Below, we explain everything you need to know about muscle strains.

Experiencing a Muscle Strain

A muscles strain can happen when you least expect it. They are normally caused by an overstretching of a muscle. When overstretching occurs, it is due to exhaustion, overuse, or using the muscle improperly. Although a strain can happen to any muscle, it normally takes place among the shoulder, back, hamstring, and neck.

Strained Muscle Indicators

As soon as a strain occurs, you will instantly feel it. You can also anticipate the muscle to be very sore and painful, and swelling set in. Also, you may have difficulty flexing or extending the muscle, and a lot of bruising may occur.

Depending on how severe the strain is, you may not need to visit a hospital until the strain gets worse. When the strain is serious and is due to no fault of your own, medical attention may be necessary. Once you visit your doctor, an X-ray or MRI may be ordered by them to make a proper diagnosis and decide if surgery is needed.

Recuperating from Muscle Strains

Recuperating after sustaining a muscle strain can be done quickly by resting the injured muscle as much as possible, applying ice to control swelling, maintaining compression, and keeping it elevated. You may also be prescribed medication to control inflammation and swelling.

A muscle strain that is moderate in nature is usually treated in the same as above but for much more time. Having this pain may inhibit your ability to enjoy your regular activities as soon as the pain subsides. These types of tears may also require physical therapy for you to get back to normal. When a severe tear occurs, or a complete rupture ensues, surgery will need to occur. Following surgery, you can expect complete healing to take place in at least 6 – 12 months.


Experiencing a strain can be either a minor injury or one that needs surgery. Regardless of how severe the strain is, you need to take good care of the injury and apply the necessary treatment to ensure healing. If you have been experiencing a muscle strain from overexertion, then you should get in touch with us today. We´ll conduct a complete examination of your strained muscle to determine the extent of the damage.

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