Often referred to as a pulled muscle, muscle strain, is an injury that involves tearing or overstretching of the muscle fibres.
Fibers of a muscle tear if overstretched or overexerted.
There may be bruising and swelling present. The aim of treatment as always is to speed up the healing process but you may also be advised to avoid activities that would exert the injured muscle further. Some common symptoms of a pulled muscle are pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising and weakness in the affected area. Depending on the severity of the injury, a pulled muscle can take from a few days to several weeks to heal.
In addition, a treatment regime known as R.I.C.E may be advised; R= rest, I = Ice, C = compression and E = elevation. This helps to reduce inflammation and speeds up healing further.