Muscle Strain (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
The doctor will take a medical history and perform a physical exam. The examination is generally all that is needed for diagnosis and can help to establish whether the muscle is partially or completely torn. A higher degree or grade of strain can involve longer healing, possible surgery, and a more complicated recovery.
X-rays or laboratory tests are often not necessary, unless there was a history of trauma or evidence of infection. Infrequently, the physician may order a CT or MRI to better assess the injury.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/21/2014
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