Definition and manifestation
A pulled chest muscle, as the nameitself suggests, is a condition where the muscles in our chest areatget damaged from over-stretching or over-straining. The fiber fromwhich our muscles are made get torn or damaged and we feel pain andinability to move the hurt area naturally.
Many factors may cause this condition.Since most of us do not strain our upper limbs too much on a dailybasis, this injury is mostly connected to athletes or people who dohard physical work daily. These sport or sport like activities involves weight lifting stretching and sudden movement of the upperpart of one's body gives way to this kind of injury.
Pain is the best indicator
Depending on the severity of theinjury, pulled chest muscle may hurt in more ways than one. Pain canbe felt instantly after the injury, but it often takes few hours oreven a few days for the real painful effect to “kick in”. Atfirst, any movement of the chest, or arms and shoulders in thatrespect, is followed by pain while in time it becomes very hard forthe injured person to move the limbs at all especially when theinflammation and swelling appear.
Since, as mentioned before, there aremore ways of pain that one, there exist certain levels of pulledchest muscle injury. The first level involves a mere sensation ofdiscomfort while all the physical actions may be performed withoutany significant problems. Gradually worse the second level manifestsitself through swelling and inflammation of the injured area accompanied by sharp pain when indulging yourself into more advancedstretching and muscle straining activities. Finally the third is the most severe level stands for an injury followed by swelling andbruising, excruciating pain, muscle spasms and the high level ofpainful muscle sensitivity to straining of any sort.
Recuperation and recovery
First of all, the best prevention ofthis condition is proper warming up before any serious physicalexercise. However, if the damage had already been done resting andrestraining yourself from any advance physical activity is a must.The healing process is not a short one, thus you must give yourmuscles adequate time to heal.
Applying cold compression to theinjured spot may reduce or remove the swelling and the inflammation but for other recovery tips and assistance it is best to contact aprofessional instead of doing things on your own and making it onlyworse.