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Alternative namesPulled muscle
DefinitionA strain is when a muscle becomes overstretched and tears. This painful injury, also called a "pulled muscle," can be caused by an accident, improper use of a muscle, or overuse of a muscle.
Call your doctor if the pain does not go away after several weeks.
Update Date: 8/26/2003A.D.A.M. editorial. Previously reviewed by Benjamin D. Roye, M.D., M.P.H., Department of Orthopaedics, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (7/19/2001).
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT