Muscle Strain

When a muscle is overstretched or torn, it is called muscle strain or pulled muscle. The symptoms include sudden pain, soreness, bruising, limited movement, muscle stiffness and weakness. The causes are poor flexibility, overexertion, lifting heavy objects, slip and fall, run, jump, and failure to warm up before physical activity.

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Why do I have pain behind my knee that is there on and off for the last three weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain behind my knee that is there on and off. Recently, I had an MRI scan for the pain, which said "strain of the origin of the medial head of gastrocnemius." Last year, I had similar knee pain that was sharp and pulling in nature; however, it subsided within a week. I had used...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The cause of the pain can be a muscle strain that can take up to six weeks to heal. I suggest you apply an ice pack, do gentle stretches, and continue using anti-inflammatory ta...  Read Full »

What are the reason for persistent chest pain, shortness of breath, and upper back pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a potential blood clot but, a chest CT came back clear. I still have chest pain and upper back pain as well as shortness of breath. What could this be? They said it was potentially a muscular or skeletal pain but, I get pain on the left side especially. They suggested pain killer...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. Any chest pain that increases with body movements such as coughing, sneezing, or picking up an object is not from the heart and is usually from the muscles surrounding the chest wall or sometimes the outer covering of the lung called pleura. ...  Read Full »

How to treat strained neck muscle developed while doing a leg raise?

Query: Hi doctor, I think I developed a muscle pull or nerve problem in the shoulder and neck area when I was doing leg raise in the gym on a bench. How to get cured?  Read Full »


Dr. Mohan Krishna

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the complaints you had described, it sounds like a muscle pull. It is better to get examined by a doctor first to know the right diagnosis. You might get relief from simple analgesic and muscle relaxant. For further information consult a physiotherapist online -...  Read Full »

I have muscle contraction and pain in right leg. Kindly help

Query: Hi doctor, I have been feeling some muscle contraction and pain in my right leg (knee to foot portion) for more than a month. I used to do yoga before this issue, but now I have stopped yoga, and I do a morning walk for 45 minutes. When I am in a resting position like sitting or sleeping, I do not ...  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. The pain in the leg, mainly in calf muscles, can be due to the undue stretching of muscle while practicing yoga exercises. It could be a muscle strain. Consistent pain below the right great toe can be due to uric ...  Read Full »

I feel fatigued with tightness in my neck and jaw after working with smartphones. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been going through some stressful events for the last three weeks. I worked a lot on repairing smartphones, where I sometimes needed to bend my neck forward. Also, I have used smartphones quite more than usual. I feel fatigued, and I have tight neck without pain for the last th...  Read Full »


Dr. Manav Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Muscular strain can definitely be the cause of your symptoms. But there could be other factors too causing fatigue, such as low vitamin d3 levels, thyroid hormone imbalance, vitamin deficiency. Do you do a lot of work indoors, or do you have less exposure to sunlight...  Read Full »

I have sharp pains right lower back area whenever I walk. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, Yesterday, I bent down to pick up a grocery bag, and suddenly I felt a sharp pain in the lower right region of my back. And ever since, I have had sharp pains in that area whenever I walk, bend over or if I place my weight over my right hip, and whenever I put pressure on my right leg wh...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your predominant complaint is of pain in the right lower back, which is aggravated by bending forwards and walking. There are two possibilities: Muscle spasm or strain in your muscles of the gluteal area. This is a self-limiting problem, and it will settle in few day...  Read Full »

How to recover from a muscle injury in the hip due to running?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a regular runner and have recently been trying out a new programme running five days per week, with lots of gentle short runs. I have had a few running related injuries in the past year. I got shin splints and peroneal tendonitis on the outside of my left foot for several months,  l...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is very difficult to be precise without examining you. You recent injury could be an iliopsoas strain or a rectus femoris strain from the hill run. Is the pain deep within the groin? Is the movement of getting up from a sitting position uncomfortable? Is there any...  Read Full »

What should I do for my on and off lower back pain that radiates to my buttock?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from lower back pain, which radiates to my buttock and thigh muscles. The pain is not constant. It comes and goes. What shall I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Without examining you, I can only offer possible causes of low back pain. The probable causes are: Muscular strain. Lumbar spondylosis. SI (sacroiliac) joint in-formation. Disc prolapse. Lumbopelvic dysfunctionality. Vitamin D deficiency. What you need to do is to see ...  Read Full »

I do not have an improvement in my back pain. Is it a disc problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old female. About a month ago, I injured my mid-lower back while doing weightlifting. There is one vertebra that feels bruised to the touch, and I have pain in that one spot when I do certain movements, like bending. I also have a lot of muscle tightness and aching thro...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.It is very unusual for a vertebra to be fractured simply by weightlifting unless you are lifting unusually heavy weights.Yes, you can have a disc problem in weightlifting, but it is unlikely to cause tenderness on the surface of the body. You are more likely to get nerv...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain in my groin and abdomen while playing football?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been experiencing acute pain in my groin and lower abdomen while playing football. This pain started around four months back, as a result, I had to stop playing. Thus the pain was not there since last two weeks and it started today after I played football again. The pain does not g...  Read Full »


Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your sports-induced groin pain. The most common cause of pain in the groin in males of your age and habitus is muscle, ligament or tendon strain resulting from the particular activity. This is not a serious problem and can usually be effectively treate...  Read Full »

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