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Pulled Muscles, Scar Tissue and Re-Injury

Pulled Muscles, Scar Tissue and Re-Injury

Soft tissue injuries like pulled muscles, scar tissue and re-injury, include tears and strains in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. In the first 72 hours after an injury, treatment should include ice, compression, rest, and elevation.

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Not applying these treatments can lead to greater inflammation, bleeding, and eventually, long term damage and scarring. There should be no stretching the affected area within the first 72 hours to prevent further injury. Renewing activity as soon as possible after that initial period is crucial to preventing scarring. Create a plan for active rehabilitation to conserve and improve flexibility, strength, and endurance in the injured area.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Soft tissue injuries are very common and generally affect the hamstring, shoulders, calf muscles and thighs.
  • The first hours are the most critical in treating these injuries. These treatments include rest, ice, elevation and compression and possibly referral.
  • After a soft tissue injury (or even before) it is recommended that you make a habit of stretching as this not only prevents injury but promotes healing and reinjury.

"Call it a muscle pull, muscle strain, muscle tear or whatever you want. From an injury point of view, the initial healing process is all the same."

Read more: https://stretchcoach.com/articles/scar-tissue/


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