Sprain or Strain: A Guide to Recognizing Your Pain (Part 2)

In early February, we offered vital information about sprains, their common causes and symptoms in an effort to help you differentiate them from strains. Now, Total Pain Care wants to keep the knowledge flowing with the most complete information about strains. It’s our duty to provide you with the most effective pain-management techniques possible. Properly identifying your injury as soon as it happens will allow you to get the most out of our care.

Identifying a Strain

A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is pulled and either stretched or torn. You may have experienced this injury while lifting a heavy object or over an extended period of time when the muscles are overworked.

The back and hamstring muscles are the ones most commonly affected, although strains can also affect the arms and elbows. Strains can generally happen as a result of physical activities like lifting or sports such as soccer, football or gymnastics. Some of the most common strain signs include:

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Muscle spasms
  • Inability to move the affected muscle
  • Cramping
  • Swelling
  • Muscle weakness

Get Your Mobility Back

A strain can be a painful injury to deal with and one that can potentially sideline you for far too long. If this has happened to you, know that Total Pain Care can accompany you through the journey to a pain-free life. Our New Jersey board-certified pain management specialists will evaluate your injury to create a recovery plan that will lead you back to health at the pace you require.