Muscle strains are relatively uncommon. They occur very suddenly on exertion and cause a very sudden and severe pain. The most common place to experience muscle strain is in the hamstring (back of your thigh) or in your gastrocnemius (calf). If you have recently experienced a muscle strain please go to Recent Injury Management and follow the instructions.
Physiotherapy can be very helpful in the early stages to help control swelling and flush out toxins and in the middle and latter stages of healing to maintain the compliance of the injured tissue and ensure it heals as similar to the surrounding tissue as possible. It is important following muscle strain to rest initially and then progressively stretch and strengthen the injured muscle ‘within mild pain limits’; if you are too aggressive you could damage the fragile tissue again.
A Physiotherapy assessment will give an idea as to the degree of damage to the muscle and appropriate time scales for rehabilitation can be followed. Physiotherapy treatment can consist of
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Graduated return to normal activities