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Muscle Strain (cont.)

What Are the Grades and Recovery Times for Muscle Strains?

Grade I muscle strain: This is the most minor of muscle strains, affecting only a minimal percentage of the muscle fibers of the affected muscle. Complete recovery is expected within weeks.

Grade II muscle strain: This is a partial tear of a significant percentage of the muscle fibers of the affected muscle. Complete recovery can occur but can take months and require rehabilitation.

Grade III muscle strain: This is a complete tear, or rupture, of the affected muscle. This can require surgical repair, and sometimes recovery is incomplete, even after many months of substantial rehabilitation.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/1/2016

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