Muscle Strain

What is a muscle strain?

  • It occurs when the fibres of your muscle or tendon are over stretched or torn.

  • It is common in the neck, back of your thighs, neck and shoulder.

 What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?

  • A sprain affects ligaments, which are fibrous bands of tissue that go between two bones.

  • A strain affects muscles and tendons, which are the connections between bones and muscles.

What does a muscle strain feel like?

  • Depending on the severity, there will be varying degrees of swelling, pain, tenderness and reddening or discoloration of the skin.

  • If there is a complete tear of the muscle, you may not be able to contract it and move the part.


How long does it take to heal?

Minor strains take a few weeks to heal. Slightly larger ones require a month or two. Tears large enough to require surgery need several months of rehabilitation afterwards to return to full function.

Get it looked at as soon as possible to avoid it healing in a shortened way or losing strength of your muscles.