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Muscle Strain (cont.)

What Are Treatments for Muscle Strains?

Medical treatment is similar to the treatment at home. The doctor, however, also can determine the extent of muscle and tendon injury and if crutches or a brace is necessary for healing. The doctor can also determine if a patient needs to restrict his or her activity, take days off work, and if rehabilitation exercises are required to help in recovery.

How Can Someone Prevent a Muscle Strain?

Not all muscle strains can be prevented, but the chance for them to develop may be reduced by the following:

  • Avoid injury by daily stretching.
  • Stretch every time before exercise.
  • Establish a warm-up routine prior to engaging in strenuous exercise.
  • Start an exercise program in consultation with a doctor.

What Is the Prognosis for a Muscle Strain?

Usually, with proper treatment, most people recover completely from muscle strain. More complicated situations are handled on an individual basis by the doctor.


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017

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