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    Medical Treatment

    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 needed for healing. The doctor can also determine if you need to restrict your activity or take days off work and if rehabilitation exercises or physical therapy are required to help you recover.

    Next Steps Prevention

    • Help avoid injury by stretching daily.
    • Start an exercise program in consultation with your doctor.
    • Stretch after you exercise.
    • Establish a warm-up routine prior to strenuous exercise, such as gently running in place for a couple of minutes.

    Outlook

    In most cases, with proper treatment, most people recover completely from muscle strain. More complicated cases should be handled by a doctor.

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