When should you go to the doctor for a pulled muscle?
When to See a Doctor
Persistent muscle pain that does not improve with self-care or over-the-counter pain medication. Redness and swelling around a sore muscle (a sign of infection) Systemic muscle pain (pain throughout the body), which may indicate an infection or underlying illness.
Should you go to ER for pulled muscle?
MUSCLES, TENDONS AND BONES
Any open wound with a possible break (“open fracture”) also warrants an immediate trip to the emergency room. Go to an urgent care clinic or contact your primary care doctor for swelling, bruising and pain with movement and the inability to bear weight or use the extremity.
When should you go to urgent care for sore muscles?
Visit ZipClinic Urgent Care if you have:
Muscle pain that lasts longer than a week. Signs of infection, such as redness and swelling, around a sore muscle. Poor circulation and muscle pain in your legs. Sudden, severe muscle pain that doesn’t go away or that recurs every time you exercise.
Where do you go for a pulled muscle?
Depending on the extent of the injury, a serious strain can take months to heal, and may require physical therapy or even surgery to repair. If you think you have a serious muscle strain, be sure to contact your physician or visit a medical clinic.
How do you know if it’s a pulled muscle or something else?
The difference between soreness and a pulled muscle
With a pulled muscle, however, the pain is usually immediate. “The pain from a pulled muscle is intense, sharp, and localized to where the injury occurred and can also be associated with swelling, bruising, and difficulty moving the joints nearby,” said Gregory.
How do you tell if you’ve torn a muscle?
Symptoms of Torn Muscles
Expect pain and soreness, as well as spasms and swelling in the affected area. Depending on the severity of the strain, you may find it difficult to move the area, if at all. You may note swelling as well as bruising and discoloration accompanied by a “knotted up” feeling or stiffness.
What is the difference between a torn muscle and a strained muscle?
A muscle strain is an injury that occurs when a muscle or a tendon is overstretched. A muscle tear is when a muscle or a tendon is overstretched and it tears.
Does a torn muscle hurt to touch?
A pulled muscle can sometimes feel tender to the touch. It may also feel like there is a tight “knot” in the muscle. Range of motion is often restricted with a pulled muscle. You may not be able to fully straighten or extend your arm or leg.
How long does it take for a pulled muscle to heal?
Recovery time depends on the severity of the injury. For a mild strain, you may be able to return to normal activities within three to six weeks with basic home care. For more severe strains, recovery can take several months.