Muscle Strain and Tendonitis

Strains (“pulled muscle”) are injuries to muscles or tendons, which are what connect muscles to bone. They can be caused suddenly by forceful stress on a muscle or develop gradually due to repetitive motion. Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon as a result of a strain or other injury.


  • Tender to touch
  • Spasms
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Increased pain with movement
  • Redness and possibly bruising
  • Weakness


  • R.I.C.E.
    • Rest – avoid activities that cause increased pain
    • Ice
    • Compression
    • Elevation
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Acupuncture

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