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Muscles and tendons are the tissues that move joints. The muscles are the “red meat” of the body. When they receive a signal from the brain via the nerves, the muscles contract. This pull is transmitted through the tendon to the bone so that the joint moves.
Muscle strain, muscle pull, or even a muscle tear refers to damage to a muscle or its attaching tendons. You can put undue pressure on muscles during the course of normal daily activities, with sudden heavy lifting, during sports, or while performing work tasks.
Muscle damage can be in the form of tearing (part or all) of the muscle fibers and the tendons attached to the muscle. The tearing of the muscle can also damage small blood vessels, causing local bleeding, or bruising, and pain caused by irritation of the nerve endings in the area.
Symptoms of injured muscles, tendons and ligaments include:
The diagnosis is usually made based on history and physical exam. The examining physician may also require an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Common injuries include:
Pioneering the region’s most advanced musculoskeletal treatments, our physicians are experts in the use of minimally invasive biologic therapy for many types of orthopaedic injuries. From chronic tendon and ligament pain, to acute muscle and soft tissue injury, orthobiologics may be recommended to reduce complication risk and facilitate enhanced healing. For more acute injuries, our experts can perform minimally invasive surgery.