Staying active and fit has always been a goal, but one of the most painful disruptions is dealing with muscle strains. As technology advances and exercise trends evolve, it can be challenging to keep up with all of the latest information about avoiding and recovering from muscle strain. With that in mind, here are seven quick tips for managing your muscles in 2023 so you can stay healthy, fit, and pain-free!
Muscle strain is an injury to the muscles caused by stretching and tearing of muscle fibers. It can be painful but is often treatable with rest and rehabilitation. Muscle strain is common in athletes, but anyone can experience it. Getting rid of muscle strain can help prevent further pain, disability, or even more serious injuries such as a tear or rupture.
With that said, here are 7 quick tips about muscle strains in 2023:
There are three types of muscle strains: Grade 1 (mild), Grade 2 (moderate) and Grade 3 (severe). Knowing the difference between each type can help you understand the severity of your injury and make sure that you get appropriate care from a medical professional.
Muscle strains can cause symptoms such as pain, swelling, bruising and muscle weakness. It is important to be aware of any changes in your body so that you can seek medical attention if needed.
Stretching before exercise helps the muscle fibers to relax and become more pliable, which reduces the risk of injury. Make sure to take some time before you begin any type of exercise to properly stretch out your muscles.
Wearing the right shoes and gear during exercise can help protect your body from injury and reduce your risk of developing a strain. Make sure that you are wearing the right type of equipment for the activity that you are participating in.
It can be tempting to push yourself too hard during a workout, but this can lead to injuries such as muscle strains. Make sure to listen to your body and take breaks when needed so that you don’t overdo it.
After an injury, it is important to give your body time to heal properly. Make sure that you are following the advice of a medical professional and taking any prescribed medications correctly in order to speed up the recovery process.
If your injury is severe or you are experiencing significant pain, make sure to seek medical attention from a doctor or physical therapist in order to get the proper diagnosis and treatment plan for your muscle strain.
By following these seven quick tips, you can help reduce the risk of developing a muscle strain in 2023! Remember to listen to your body and take extra care when it comes to staying active. If you experience any type of injury, make sure to seek professional medical attention as soon as possible.
Dr. Chen sees patients at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek, California. He is a board-certified Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Doctor that specializes in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Chen graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine and went on to complete Pediatric residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (Rutgers), then went on to fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the perennially top ranked children’s hospitals in the nation. There he provided sideline coverage for NCAA Division I athletics at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University (OH). Since graduating, Dr. Chen has continued his love of sports coverage by volunteering for the San Francisco Marathon, the San Francisco Giant Race, and as the team physician for Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. Being a part of The Center for Sports Medicine allows Dr. Chen quick access to a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physiatrists, and physical therapists to return you to your highest functional level quickly and safely. Click here to contact us for your next appointment!