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Muscle Strains or Muscle Trauma

All of us have experienced a muscle strain or pull, or a muscle trauma. The can be categorized into many levels, from mild to serious. While they cannot always be avoided, some tips in this article may help you better understand this condition.

Muscles not only have a major role in movement, they also have an important role in supporting the skeletal structures. A muscle must be long enough to allow normal mobility of the joints yet short enough to contribute effectively to joint stability.

A muscle strain also referred to as muscle trauma, is specifically an injury to the muscle-tendon unit.  With a muscle strain, there is some degree of disruption in the muscle fibers, the muscle-tendon junction, the tendon or the bony insertion point.  A muscle strain is classified as mild, moderate or severe depending upon the clinical findings.  The most common mechanism to cause a muscle strain is overstretching of the involved muscle. Very often a muscle strain is referred to as a muscle pull.   

The typical symptoms of a muscle strain are: stiffness, localized pain and a bruised feeling.  Very often people with a muscle strain will develop a knot in the muscle and this is known as a tender point. When you press on this tender point in a strained muscle and it refers pain then it is referred to as a trigger point.

Finally a muscle spasm is an involuntary contraction of a muscle that usually results from painful nerve stimulation.

Your Chiropractor will perform a thorough history and examination including orthopaedic and Neurological testing to isolate the cause of your problem.  Then they will develop a specific plan of management tailored to your case.

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