What are muscle strains?
A muscle strain means there has been damage to the muscle tissue. It is usually caused by excessive force put on the muscle (in any sport) during the course of activities. The damage to muscle can be stretching, partial tearing, or complete tearing. These injuries can cause bleeding in the muscle which causes swelling and pain.
What are the symptoms?
Pain in the injured muscle when in use, weakness of that muscle, swelling and bruising over that specific muscle and sometimes pain at rest.
How is it treated?
Protection, Rest, ice, light compression, elevation, anti-inflammatory medicine, and heat compress after 3 to 4 days. Earlier use of heat can cause increased bleeding.