A pulled muscle occurs when it is overstretched. This can occur due to overuse or improper use of a muscle. It can also occur as a result of muscle fatigue. A pulled muscle mainly occurs in the neck, shoulder, or lower back.
Sometimes, a pulled muscle can cause tearing. This causes local bleeding and pain. Pain usually occurs due to the use of the muscle. Tenderness is directly over the muscle.
There are a number of ways to treat a pulled muscle. The type of treatment, usually, depends on the severity of the pulled muscle. Here are a few ways to treat a pulled muscle:
Cold Compress: A cold compress reduces swelling and soothes pain. You can wrap ice cubes in a towel. Then, cover the affected area for about 15-minutes. Apply it throughout the day.
Elevate The Muscle: It helps to reduce inflammation in the affected area. You should keep the muscle above your heart level. Just prop it up on a pillow. This keeps fluid from building up in the injured area.
Rest The Muscle: Resting the muscle, will quickly heal the injury. You should rest the muscle between two to five days. It all depends on the seriousness of the pulled muscle.
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Anti-inflammatory drugs reduce pain and inflammation. You shouldn’t take too many because it could damage your liver. If you have persist pain, seek medical attention.
Heat Compress: To lessen muscle stiffness, administer heat to the affected area. This allows stretching to regain mobility to the injured area faster.
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