If you are an active sportsperson or have a busy lifestyle, you probably experience muscle pain every now-and-then. If the pain you are experiencing is extremely uncomfortable, you might even visit a chiropractor in Ealing for some pain relief.
But do you know when a muscle strain is so serious that it requires immediate medical attention or when it may be related to an underlying illness? In this post, our Ealing chiropractor shares some of the symptoms that indicate a muscle strain may indicate a more serious problem that necessitates medical intervention.
What Are Muscle Strains?
A muscle strain, also known as a pulled muscle, occurs when a muscle is torn or overstretched. Most muscles strains are caused by overexertion, fatigue, or improper use. You will be more likely to strain a muscle if you are unfit or don’t warm up before exercise.
There are acute and chronic muscle strains. An acute muscle strain can occur when you perform a sudden movement (jumping, throwing, running, slipping), lift something, or exert yourself while in an awkward position.
Chronic muscle strains are related to repetitive movements, like swinging a tennis racket hundreds of times or having poor posture for a long period.
You can strain muscles in any part of your body. However, most patients who seek out chiropractic care from a chiropractor in Ealing have strains affecting the lower back, neck, shoulder, or hamstrings.
The symptoms of muscle strain include:
- Pain or soreness near the affected muscle
- Limited range of movement
- Bruising or noticeable discolouration
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle weakness
When To Seek Medical Help
There are several symptoms which indicate that your pain may be caused by a more serious condition which may require intervention by suitably qualified medical practitioner.
- Loss of mobility
Mobility issues can indicate a more serious problem with a joint, muscle, ligament, or tendon.
- You are unable to put weight on a joint
If you cannot place weight on a joint, it may indicate that there is damage to a ligament, muscle, or tendons.
- Severe pain
Muscle strains can be quite painful at times. However, if you are experiencing severe pain, it usually means you have a muscle tear and should seek out medical help.
- The injured area feels very warm or swollen
It’s perfectly normal to experience some warmth and swelling in a muscle that has been overused. But if the amount of warmth or swelling seems unusual, it is worth having a checkup with a doctor or chiropractor.
- Symptoms like morning joint stiffness, numbness, or fever
These symptoms may indicate that an underlying illness may be involved. The type of illness involved can range from viral infection to neuropathy (nerve damage).
- The affected area looks deformed
If the area surrounding the painful muscle is an unusual shape or colour, talk to a doctor as soon as possible.
- Shooting pain that runs down your legs
Shooting pain can be caused the compression of the sciatic nerve, a condition called sciatica. Other symptoms can include numbness, pins and needles, and incontinence.
- The pain worsens during the day
It’s very rare for muscle strain pain to become worse during the day, so seek medical advice if you experience increasing pain.
- You remain in pain for over a week
Muscle strains shouldn’t last more than a week, so enduring pain may mean you have a more severe illness of injury.
Visiting our Chiropractic Clinic in Ealing
At the Spine & Joint Centre in Ealing, our professional team of chiropractors are committed to treating the cause of your problem and not just the symptoms.
When you visit our chiropractic clinic, your chiropractor will start by asking you questions. These will include questions about the pain you are experiencing, your medical history and about your lifestyle. You will then undergo a full and thorough examination to discover the cause of your pain. On completion of the your consultation and examination, your chiropractor will be in a position to offer a diagnosis of your condition.
If treatment is appropriate, and you happy to proceed with treatment, your chiropractor will begin treatment.
If you are in pain our chiropractors are here to help you. To book an appointment, call our chiropractic clinic on 020 8900 9004.