In most cases, muscle strains happen when an already stretched muscle is suddenly forced to contract. A direct blow to the muscle, a fall, as well as an overuse or overstretching can also tear muscle fibers, which will result in a strain. The possibility of muscle strain increases dramatically if you suffered a prior injury in the same area, have not warmed up properly before exercising, or simply attempt to do too much too soon. Depending on the extent of the injury, strains can be mild, moderate, or severe.
- Noticeable loss of strength in the muscle
- Pain emanating directly from the muscle
- Continued use of muscle aggravates pain
- Depending on the severity, swelling may be present