Strains & Tears

Muscle Sprains, Strains and Tears

A muscle strain is an injury to a muscle and/or the associated tendons. Tendons are fibrous cords of tissue that attach muscles to the bone. Muscle Strains often occur in one's foot, leg (typically the hamstring) or back. Similar to sprains, a strain may be a simple stretch in your muscle or tendon, or it may be a partial or complete tear in the muscle-and-tendon combination.


Typical symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, swelling, inflammation, and cramping. Most common muscles that are injured in the lower extremity is the gastroc/sole (gastrocnemius) complex. This is commonly injured at the junction of the muscle and the tendon in the back of the calf. Next would be muscles in the deep posterior compartment also know as "shin splints" caused by overuse of the muscle compartment, common in runners, sprinters and jumping sports.


Rest and immobilization are the primary treatments. These injuries can have long recoveries due to the high level of stress placed upon them with simple daily actives. The regenerative protocols can quickly restore the injured muscle and minimize down time from activity.


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