Muscle strains are the most frequent cause of low back pain, one of the top work-related injuries, and a common cause of pain overall. They can also be extraordinarily painful. When you need relief from a muscle strain, it’s time to talk with the team at Daniel Loder, MD, in Beverly Hills, Torrance, and Manhattan Beach, California. They provide customized care that helps the muscle heal, alleviates your pain, and gets you back into action. To schedule an appointment, call one of the Los Angeles area offices or use the online booking feature.
A muscle strain or pulled muscle occurs when you over-stretch or tear a muscle or tendon. Tendons are a natural extension of each muscle that connects the muscle to the bones.
Any activity you perform throughout the day can lead to a muscle strain. You may push, pull, or lift a heavy object, use poor ergonomics, or twist too quickly.
Other frequent causes of muscle strain include:
A muscle strain may occur gradually as repetitive movements lead to overuse injuries. You can also develop a sudden strain due to an accident or injury.
The symptoms of a muscle strain include:
If the strain causes a complete tear, you may experience a popping sensation and sudden, severe pain.
The Daniel Loder, MD, team takes a conservative approach to muscle strains, recommending rest, ice and heat, temporary activity modification, and compression bandages.
As your pain and swelling improve, you may need structured exercise or physical therapy to fully rehabilitate the injured muscle.
If your pain persists or you need pain relief to perform therapeutic exercises, your Daniel Loder, MD, provider recommends two types of specialized treatments:
Orthobiologic treatments relieve your pain by healing the damaged muscle and tendon.
Using real-time imaging to guide the injection, your provider places Orthobiologic treatments directly at the injured tissues. Then the platelets accelerate healing, while the orthobiologic treatments regenerate new cells to replace the strained tissues.
Interventional procedures are all minimally invasive, but the type of treatment you receive depends on the location and severity of your muscle strain.
Your Daniel Loder, MD, provider may recommend an injection containing a steroid and/or local anesthetic, treatment with radiofrequency energy to block nerve signals, or an advanced device such as a spinal cord stimulator. If a muscle strain leads to knotted muscles, you may benefit from a trigger point injection.
When you need expert care for a muscle strain, call Daniel Loder, MD, or book an appointment online.