This fact sheet is for people who are concerned about torn muscles, the cause, diagnosis and treatment. It discusses torn muscle symptoms and what to do if you believe that you are suffering injury due to the actions of someone else.
A torn or pulled muscle happens when you overstretch a muscle. This can commonly occur through exercise, but also can be the result of an accident, for example, whiplash injuries to the neck.
How severe are your torn muscle symptoms?
Muscle tears can be graded, depending upon how severe they are. A first degree tear is damage to the muscle fibres. In this torn muscle, the symptoms are moderate pain. This is often called a strain. A second degree tear is when the muscle fibres have partially torn and will be accompanied by moderate pain and swelling. In the case of a third degree muscle tear, the torn muscle symptoms displayed will be extreme pain, considerable swelling and inability to contract the muscle.
What to do when you have torn a muscle
The course of action in all three grades above will be firstly to stop the action that has caused the tear. Then apply ice to the injured area for 20 minutes at a time. This will reduce inflammation and stop blood flow to the injured areas. If you can, wrap the injury tight and keep it raised above heart level. Take some aspirin or ibuprofen every four hours (do not exceed 8 tablets in 24 hours) and keep off the injured muscle for 72 hours.
If the torn muscle symptoms of second and third degree tears are being exhibited, it might be an idea to call the doctor.
You might be entitled to compensation
If you have had an accident that was not your fault in the past three years, then it is your right to claim compensation for any pain, suffering or personal losses that you have suffered.
Accident Advice Helpline are a law firm which specialises in personal injury compensation, with over 16 years’ experience in the industry. Call our helpline, or take our online 30-second test to find out if you are eligible to make a claim. We work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis, so it won’t cost you a penny to start your claim
If you want to discuss your claim in more detail with an adviser then dial 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 8th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell