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Stiffness, tenderness and pain. Worse with movement, especially after resting. After warming up the pain and stiffness usually lessens, but pain will return once the muscle tires again. This will very depending on the level of damage the muscle or associated tendon has sustained and the amount of work you then ask it to do.
Muscle strains can be very painful although often the main symptom is stiffness. Sometimes there is not much pain until the muscle is pressed when it will feel tender. If there is an acute strain, pain will be felt immediately but often in less severe strains the pain is not felt until the following morning after injury.
Symptoms of strained muscle
Treatment of strained muscles
Acute muscle strain: Follow R.I.C.E protocol. Stop the activity, rest in a comfortable position, preferably lying down and apply ice or a cold pack for 10 minutes every hour for 6 hours to reduce internal bruising to the muscle. The muscle may tend to spasm for the first two or three days after injury. Warm compresses can help to.. (..continue reading...)