Q:

How long does it take a strained muscle to heal?

A:

For a mild muscle strain, it takes around three to six weeks to recover with basic home care, according to an article by Healthline. Severe strains may take months to properly heal.

Most people with a strained muscle usually experience full recovery with proper treatment, explains Pietrangelo. Chances of recovery are higher when a person takes steps to prevent re-injury. It is important that patients follow all doctor’s instructions, especially after a surgery, and avoid engaging in strenuous physical activities until the strained muscle is fully healed.

Sherwin Ho, an associate professor of surgery at the University of Chicago Medical, explains to ABC News that a grade-two injury involves macroscopic tearing of the fibers and usually takes a person three to six weeks to heal and undergo complete recovery. If a person plays a sport, he has to stop participating in that sport until the strain fully heals. A grade-three injury is the most severe and also the least common type of strain injury. It refers to a complete tearing of a muscle or tendon, and it often occurs where the muscle is attached to the tendon above or below the joint. This kind of strain is accompanied by weakness, which means a person can no longer use that muscle. Cast immobilization and surgery are sometimes necessary. Due to the injury’s severity, recovery generally takes three to six months or longer.

Learn More

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is the muscular wall that separates the abdominal and thoracic cavities?

    A:

    The diaphragm is the muscular wall that separates the thorax from the abdomen regions. The diaphragm, which is dome-shaped and extends across the rib cage's bottom, is made up of the peripheral muscle and central tendon.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the importance of acetylcholinesterase in muscle cell contraction?

    A:

    Muscle cell contractions are initiated by a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. It needs to be cleared from the synapse to allow the transmission of new signals to the muscle for initiating new contractions, without getting mixed with the old neurotransmitter. Acetylcholinesterase is an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine to stop the muscle cell contraction and prepare the system to receive a new signal

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What does ACL stand for?

    A:

    ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament, one of four main ligaments of the knee. The anterior cruciate ligament extends diagonally through the center of the knee and, along with the posterior cruciate ligament, allows for the controlled back-and-forth motion of the knee.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the function of the cremaster muscle?

    A:

    In males, the cremaster muscle raises and lowers the testes to try to keep sperm at the ideal temperature, according to Healthline. When a male enters a cold environment, the cremaster muscle draws the testes in closer to the body. If the testes get too warm, the muscle pushes the organs farther away from the body.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore