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Strains Causes & Risks

Causes

A muscle strain is caused by tension or stress applied to the muscle that it cannot withstand. There are several ways that this can happen:

  • Muscle may not be ready for sudden stress
  • Tension may be too much for the muscle to bear (eg, lifting a weight that is too heavy for you)
  • Muscle is used too much on a certain day

Certain areas have muscles that are more likely to be strained than others including:

Muscles that cross two joints are at risk.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors for a muscle strain include:

  • Athletic activities, especially those with running and jumping
  • Tight muscles
  • Fatigue
  • Overexertion
  • Cold weather

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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