Pulling of the leg muscles is usually a consequence of excessive exertion or sudden muscle movements during the performance of daily and sports activities. Although these activities can not be bypassed there are certain ways to reduce stress in the muscles and avoid their pulling.
Pulling of the leg muscles can be different intensity in which it can be distinguished 3 types of injuries:
The first kind refers to the slight pulling which doesn’t lead to destruction of muscle tissue and usually passes on its own in a short time by resting.
The second type of injury involves partially rupture of ligaments, which requires a slightly longer recovery, approximately 5-7 weeks. Injured person is movable but not at the same intensity as before.
The third type is the most serious injury that assumes complete destruction of muscle tissue. In this case it is necessary medical intervention and recovery may take up to 5 months.
These injuries mainly appear due to muscle overload by strenuous physical activity, lifting excessive loads or muscle fatigue caused by prolonged and strenuous exercise.
Pulled muscle manifests as a sharp piercing pain in the back of the leg during the performance of a physical activity or sport that can even occur in standby mode. In addition, the stretched muscle can result in the impossibility of motion or standing on feet or toes.
Besides resting, to recover pulled muscles and reduce swelling it is necessary to follow the instructions.
At first, it is necessary to save the injured muscle. This means that the muscle should be completely unloaded in two days after injury. After that, physical activity is allowed but not too much. The rest period should last at least one week.
Next thing to do is putting ice pack on the pulled muscle. At first, cloth or towel should be put over the muscle and then ice pack should lean over it for 15-20 minutes.
Then, leg should be elevated while lying or stretched out while sitting to reduce swelling.
It is also necessary to bend the leg from foot to the pulled muscle. The bandage should be attached to the leg but it shouldn’t be too tight. In this way the swelling can be prevented or even reduced.
Finally, if the pain caused by pulled muscle is too strong, taking pain killers like ibuprofen are recommended. In addition to pain, this remedy may help to reduce swelling.
If the pain becomes more intense and the swelling increases, it is necessary to visit the doctor to avoid more serious injuries.