Most muscle strains (pulled muscles) are caused by overstretching
muscles. Strains may be minor or severe, such as a torn muscle or tendon.
Symptoms of a muscle strain can vary depending on how severe the
strain is and may include:
Pain and tenderness that is worse with
Swelling and bruising.
Normal or limited
A bulge or deformity at the site of a complete
Recovery time for a muscle strain can vary depending on a person's
age and health and the type and severity of the strain. While a minor strain
often heals well with home treatment, a severe strain may require medical
treatment. If a severe strain is not treated, a person may have long-term pain,
limited movement, and deformity.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD