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Watch for These Symptoms of a Strained Leg Muscle
You can strain a leg muscle at almost any time of the day. For example, an awkward step when exiting your vehicle could lead to injury. Just the same, a strained leg muscle is a common injury associated with sports, ranging from skiing to basketball.
If you’re concerned about whether you have a strained leg muscle, here are some symptoms to watch for:
· Muscle pain and tenderness, which typically increases when you attempt to move or use the muscle
· Local swelling (often accompanied by discoloration)
· Difficulty putting weight on your leg
· Decrease in muscle strength
· A dent or gap that interferes with the normal tone of your muscle (typically with a grade 3 strain)
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s best to stay off your leg for the time being. Don’t attempt to push through the injury, as doing so can cause additional harm.
With most leg muscle strains, treatment includes the following:
· Resting the injured muscle for several days or weeks
· Icing the area to reduce swelling and discomfort
· Elevating the leg when possible
As you recover from your injury, don’t overlook the benefits of massage. Chat with your therapist about your diagnosis and current level of pain, so they can give you a clear idea of what type of treatment is best.
Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.
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