Putting undue stress and strain on muscles during a sporting event is one way to induce some kind of tear. That said, a large number of muscle strain and tears happen during normal everyday activities. Heavy lifting when performing work tasks is seen to be one of the main culprits in this area.
In the event of tearing a muscle, you will experience a degree of pain. The acuteness of this pain will of course be determined by the extent of the injury. Normally an element of bruising followed by swelling are the next things to be noticed. Until such a point as the injured area has an opportunity to repair itself it will be noticeably weaker than before, very often this will lead to limitations around mobility.
This blog post will take a closer look at some things that should and shouldn’t be done when trying to recover from a muscle tear.
Due to their nature, a torn muscle will be quite painful. Localized bleeding often occurs. The evidence of this is demonstrated when bruising first appears.
It is very likely that you will want to take something to help take the edge off of the pain. This can be in the form of an anti-inflammatory non-steroid product. Something like either Aspirin or Ibuprofen will be effective here. Aside from the element of pain relief that these products provide they will also help to reduce the swelling.
To further help with reducing the swelling it is highly recommended to apply ice to the injured area. Ideally place the ice inside a plastic bag or towel, rather than applying it directly to the skin. This helps to prevent damage to the skin.
As early as 10-15 minutes after the injury has occurred you can start applying the ice. To achieve the best results it is recommended that the cold pack is applied for periods of up to 20 minutes each hour. This can and should be continued for the first 72 hours of any muscle tear.
One of the additional healing properties of this practice comes in the shape of promoting tissue regeneration.
Rest and Elevation
Having introduced a couple of pain relief methods to the affected area, things will be starting to feel a whole lot better. There is a danger here that the injured person will attempt to use the area. It is essential that any muscle tear is given adequate resting time. Failing to observe this will almost certainly lead to extended damage and longer recovery times.
Generally speaking, it is best to try to rest the affected area between 1 and 5 days. This is one of the most important elements of recovering from any kind of muscle strain.
Combined with this period of rest, it is recommended that the affected area be elevated. Ideally, this should be done above the level of the heart. In doing so it will help to reduce blood flow to the affected area which will serve to limit the pain and swelling.
Even after the injury has shown signs of healing it will still probably feel tender. It is important that you do not put too much strain on this area for a while. Avoid replicating the actions that caused the strain in the first place will be a good place to start.
Some people find that their injury will react well to massage and again it is important not to apply too much pressure to the tear during its recovery stage. Another highly effective method to help speed up recovery can come in the form of a magnetic pulse. These devices work on very specific areas, increasing oxygen to the damaged cells. This in turn helps to improve blood circulation levels.