When should you seek medical care for a muscle strain?
If you have a significant muscle injury, or if home remedies bring no relief in 24 hours, call your doctor.
If you hear a "popping" sound with the injury, cannot walk, or you have significant swelling, pain, fever, or open cuts, you should be examined in a hospital's emergency room.
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