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What is Muscle Tear?

You might have heard it being referred to as muscle strains. These terms are often used interchangeably as they are of a similar nature. However, tears, and strains have minor differences that set them apart. Muscle tears are caused by the tearing of muscle fibres, which connect muscles to bones, leading to a limitation of mobility and pain.


In this article, we are going to dive into the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for muscle tears.

What are the Different Types of Muscle Tears?

You might have heard it being referred to as muscle strains. These terms are often used interchangeably as they are of a similar nature. However, tears, and strains have minor differences that set them apart. Muscle tears are caused by the tearing of muscle fibres, which connect muscles to bones, leading to a limitation of mobility and pain.


In this article, we are going to dive into the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for muscle tears.

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This is the mildest form of muscle tear, involving minimal tearing of muscle fibres. It often results from overstretching or minor trauma and may cause mild pain and discomfort. They typically heal relatively quickly with rest and conservative treatment.

Grade 2 tears involve a more significant tear of muscle fibres, causing moderate pain, swelling, and impaired muscle function. These may take several weeks to heal and often require more comprehensive treatment, including physical therapy.

Grade 3 tears are the most severe, often involving a complete or near-complete tear of the muscle. These injuries result in severe pain, significant swelling, and a marked loss of muscle function. They may require surgical intervention and have a more extended recovery period.

If you notice any of these signs, we recommend reaching out to our specialists at Avant Orthopaedics for proper diagnosis and treatment.

What are the Treatments for Muscle Tears?

What are the Non-Surgical Treatments for Muscle Tears?

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 It stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. This treatment is a widely recognized and effective approach for managing various types of injuries, including muscle tears, sprains, and strains.

The first step is to Rest, which involves minimising or completely avoiding the use of the injured area to prevent further damage. Then there’s Ice, the application of an ice pack to reduce swelling and provide pain relief. Moving on to Compression, this involves the application of gentle pressure to the injured area which aims to limit swelling, relieve pain, and limit its movements. Finally, Elevation stands for raising the injured area above the level of your heart to aid in draining excess fluids away from the injured area, as well as alleviate pain and discomfort. 

Over-the-counter pain relievers can be valuable tools in managing pain and inflammation and may often be prescribed along with other treatments. However, these medications should be taken as directed by a medical practitioner and with careful attention paid to recommended dosages.

 For moderate to severe muscle tears, you may be recommended to seek help from a physical therapist to aid in your journey to recovery. These professionals are skilled in designing individualised exercise programs that focus on enhancing strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Furthermore, this treatment can assist in rebuilding muscle function and preventing future injuries.

In specific cases, particularly with severe muscle tears, immobilisation with a splint or brace may be necessary. These devices play a crucial role in preventing further movement, which can be particularly beneficial during the early stages of recovery. They also provide essential support to the muscle as it heals.

What are the Surgical Treatments for Muscle Tears?

Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to assess and treat muscle tears, especially when they occur in or near a joint. During arthroscopy, a camera called an arthroscope is used to visualise the tear and enable doctors to treat your injuries with minimal damage to surrounding tissues.

Muscle repair surgery is performed when there is a significant tear in the muscle tissue. This procedure involves reattaching the torn ends of the muscle to one another, often using sutures or other techniques. The goal is to ensure that the muscle heals correctly and regains its strength and function.

Muscle rupture surgery is typically reserved for severe cases where a portion of the muscle has ruptured or detached completely. Depending on the specific location and severity of the injury, these procedures can include muscle repair, grafting, or other techniques to repair or reconstruct the damaged muscle.

In the event where the muscle is irreparable due to a significant tear, a tendon transfer will be performed. This procedure involves the relocation of a healthy tendon from one area of the body to another, providing strength and stability to a weakened or damaged area.

How Long is the Timeline of Recovery?

The timeline of recovery for a muscle tear will depend on several factors such as the severity of the injury, the specific muscle involved, along with age and health of the individual affected. For Grade 1 tears, individuals are expected to heal in 2 to 4 four weeks, with a full recovery in 2 months. However, those with Grade 3 tears will have varying timelines depending on the type of surgery they receive, often spanning from 6 to 9 months.

How can you Prevent Muscle Tears?

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Different activities work various muscle groups, reducing the risk of overuse injuries. For instance, if you're an avid runner, consider incorporating swimming into your routine to give your leg muscles a break. Cross-training not only prevents strain but also keeps your workouts exciting and engaging.

Regardless of the activity you are participating in, using the proper form and technique is essential to preventing injuries. Whether you are taking part in sports or lifting a load of laundry, using the incorrect form can place undue stress on your muscles.

When your body begins to feel sore or shows signs of discomfort during any activity, you should stop and take a break. Ignoring these signs can lead to injuries as they can be early indicators of an impending muscle strain.

Having a pair of shoes for all types of activities may be common, but it can be detrimental to the muscles in our lower body. For example, running shoes are designed for forward motion and may not provide adequate support for activities involving side-to-side movements. Different shoes protect different parts of your foot, whilst being designed for various activities. Therefore, using a one-size-fits-all pair will inevitably cause you pain in the long run.

When Should You Seek Professional Help?

While muscle tears (muscle strains) are commonly treated through the use of rest and rehabilitation, some symptoms indicate the need of immediate medical attention which may include:

You don’t need to exhibit all of these symptoms before seeking medical attention, as early and timely intervention is crucial in preventing the condition from worsening.

Are you or a Loved One Suffering From Muscle Tear?

While mild muscle tears may be treated at home, we recommend visiting a doctor to determine the severity of your condition in addition to having the best suited muscle tear treatment recommended to you. Book an appointment with us at Avant Orthopaedics for a personalised consultation today and don’t let pain hold you back.

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