Medical treatment is similar to the treatment at home. The doctor, however, also can determine the extent of muscle and tendon injury and if crutches or a brace is necessary for healing. The doctor can also determine if you need to restrict your activity, take days off work, and if rehabilitation exercises or physical therapy are required to help you recover.
Next Steps Prevention
- Avoid injury by stretching daily.
- Stretch after you exercise.
- Establish a warm-up routine prior to strenuous exercise, such as gently running in place for a couple of minutes.
- Start an exercise program in consultation with your doctor.
In most cases, with proper treatment, most people recover completely from muscle strain. More complicated cases should be handled by a doctor.