Have you ever experienced a sudden, very sharp and tightening muscle pain when walking, sitting or even lying down? Yes, I bet you have. Commonly known as a muscle pull, a muscle strain occurs when a muscle is overused or wrongly used, as in stretching and twisting. Long term fatigue is also a common cause of muscle strains.
Strains can happen in any muscle, but they’re most common in the lower back, neck, shoulder, and hamstring, which is the muscle behind your thigh. When a muscle is pulled, its movement and function become very limited. For some people, muscle pulls are so painful that they have to remain in the same position until it resolves. Swelling, stiffness, muscle spasms and weakness are the most common symptoms. The symptoms of mild to moderate muscle strains usually go away within a few weeks. More severe strains may take months to heal.
There’s a misconception that only rigorous exercises and workouts cause muscle strains, but according to John Hopkins Hospital, muscle pulls can even occur from walking. First aid for muscle strains include resting, use of ice on the affected muscle, elevation and use of over the counter pain killers, such as ibuprofen. It is advisable that if the symptoms persist, one should visit a doctor.Follow us in social media: