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.

Stem Cell Therapy For Treating Pulled Muscles

The following is a list some, but not all, commonly pulled muscles that are treatable with PRP (platelet rich plasma) or stem cells:

  • Hamstring
  • Chest or Pectoralis
  • Biceps
  • Triceps
  • Thigh or Quadriceps
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Buttock or Gluteus
  • Calf or Gastrocnemius
  • Shoulder or Deltoids

As with all pulled muscles, a pulled hamstring muscle, ligament or tendon can be very debilitating and frustrating. Typically, these injuries occur in younger, athletic patients, but they may occur in any misfortunate, usually as a result of a fall or awkward twist. Traditional treatment with ice, rest and anti-inflammatory medications is often followed by heat and more rest. Recovery may take months, and months. Any activity may aggravate the injury and set the timetable back even further.

Stem cell and/or PRP therapy are often very effective in speeding the healing of injuries to muscles, ligaments and tendons thereby allowing both athletes and the unfortunate to return to full activity within a relatively short period of time. These therapies concentrate, activate and focus the body’s natural ability to heal.

Dr. Charles Lee has specialized training and credentialing in Regenerative Orthopedic Injections and Stem Cell Harvesting and Isolation.