WHAT IS A STRAIN?
A strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon. Tendons connect muscles to bones. Muscle and tendon strains vary in severity ranging from a simple overstretching of the muscle or tendon to a partial or complete tear.
HOW DO STRAINS OCCUR?
A strain is caused by over stressing a muscle or tendon such as improperly lifting heavy objects. Strains can also be caused by trauma or an injury such as a blow to the body.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF STRAINS:
People with a strain typically experience pain, muscle spasm and muscular weakness. There can also be localized swelling, cramping, or inflammation and, potentially, some loss of muscle function. Patients typically have pain at the site of the strain and general weakness of the muscle affected when they attempt to move it. Severe strains are often very painful and disabling.