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What to do if you pull a muscle?

How to Treat a Pulled Muscle

  • Elevate, compress, and ice it. The sooner you can get the pulled muscle above your heart, apply compression, and ice it, the better, Hamilton says.
  • Avoid pain medications. Your first instinct about how to treat a pulled muscle might be to grab some ibuprofen.
  • Watch for bruising.
  • Don’t stretch or roll it out.
  • See a doctor.
  • Take it easy.
  • What is the best treatment for pulled muscle? Taking a hot shower or bath is a common home remedy for a pulled muscle. A gel pack can be used to soothe pain caused by a pulled muscle. The hamstring is a commonly injured muscle. A warm bath may help ease a pulled muscle.

    Why do I pull my muscles so often? Common causes include: Repetitive motion. People who work in occupations that require them to perform repetitive movements often strain the muscles in their neck. Poor posture. The average adult’s head weighs 10 to 11 pounds. The computer. The phone. Teeth grinding and TMJ. Exercise and sports. Poor sleep position. Heavy bags. Stress. Trauma.

    How do I know if I pulled a muscle? Physical Symptoms. A muscle that has been pulled may feel slightly sore with a dull, aching kind of pain. Pulled muscles can also feel more acutely painful, especially when the affected muscle is being used. Some pulled muscles are also sore or tender to the touch. The joints near the injured muscle may also be sore.

    What are the best exercises for muscle strain? Seated Calf Stretch. This is one of the calf strain exercises that allows for a gentle stretch of the injured muscle. It enables many sufferers to improve their range of motion. Still, it should only be performed after the acute pain has started to subside. For this exercise, sit on the floor with your injured leg out in front of you.