It is possible to experience strain in any muscle in the body. The most common types of strains usually concern the shoulder, back and lower extremity regions. Here are some suggestions when trying to diagnose and treat a muscle strain.
Dealing with a Grade II or Grade III Strain
If you are dealing with a strain, there are specific symptoms that indicate a more serious condition on the level of grade II or III:
• Is there an inability to move the arm, leg or torso in any specific motion?
• Is there swelling where the suspected strain took place?
• Do you notice a reduction in functional activity, such as the ability to brush one’s hair or to simply climb up steps?
• Is there moderate to intense pain that limits the range of movement?
• Is there an indentation or lump in the area where there is a suspected strain?
There are specific precautions you may want to take so that you can make sure that you are not dealing with an emergency situation. If the strain was recent, you will want to check to for these symptoms:
• A reduction in breathing
• Suffering from shock
• Experiencing problems with circulation
What to Do if These Symptoms Exist?
You will want to send for emergency medical assistance if you notice any of these symptoms. Even an injury such as a strain can trigger emergency events. If you have ruled out these options, and suspect that it’s a less serious strain then you will want to do as follows:
Non-Emergency Strain Procedure:
1. Create and apply a sling as to immobilize the shoulder. To assist in minor pain management, you can try some KT Tape.
2. Apply ice and consult a physician.
3. Limit the activity until examined by a physician.
Mild Symptoms of Strain
If you notice there are not many symptoms other than mild pain in specific motions and minimal point tenderness. You will simply want to take these steps:
1. Observe the current condition of the muscle strain
2. Limit any movement and rest from all activities that may cause the specific pain
3. Apply ice to reduce swelling
4. Note any improvement; if there is no improvement, it may be time to consult a physician
Once signs and symptoms have completely disappeared – alongside a physician’s release if they were referred to one, activity can be resumed as normal. Remember: when it comes to strains, there is no such thing as “being too careful”.