What Is A Pulled Muscle?
Muscle tears, or “pulled muscles,” are classified as muscle strains with varying degrees of severity. If the muscle is completely torn in half, surgery is really the only option. They are very painful and heal very slowly requiring extended periods of inactivity in order to avoid extending the damage.
Muscle strains can be acute (sudden), or chronic in origin. Acute injuries usually occur during the cooler months because the muscles are stiffer and take longer to warm up. In an acute injury, a person will usually feel immediate, unrelenting muscle pain with an activity. Symptoms include sudden pain, soreness, decreased range of movement, bruising, swelling, spasms, stiffness, and/or weakness. An acute strain can happen when a person slips, jumps, runs, throws something, performs heavy lifting or lifts in an awkward position.
Chronic muscle strains are usually the result of repetitive movement. This can be due to rowing, tennis, golf, baseball, assembly work, extended awkward positioning at a desk, and/or poor posture.