Muscle Tears

Ryan Taylor, MD

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Lehi, UT & Orem, UT

Muscle tears are a common source of ongoing pain. At Ryan Taylor, MD, with an office in Orem and two in Lehi, Utah, skilled orthopedic specialist Dr. Taylor offers comprehensive care to relieve the pain of muscle tears. Whether you need conservative care for mild tears or surgery for severe tears, Dr. Taylor customizes your treatment plan to help you get long-lasting pain relief. Schedule a consultation to learn more about treatments available for muscle tears by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online now.

Muscle Tears Q & A

What causes muscle tears?

A muscle tear happens when you overstretch your muscles during high-impact activities or as the result of overuse injuries. Tears can develop in any muscle but are most common in the muscles of your:

  • Legs
  • Neck
  • Shoulder
  • Lower back

Athletes and those who stay physically active with daily exercises, running, or other activities are at increased muscle tears. However, if you live a sedentary lifestyle, you can also be at risk of torn muscles even with low-impact movements.

You can also experience tears in other soft tissues like ligaments and tendons in addition to your muscles.

What are the symptoms of muscle tears?

When you suffer a muscle tear, pain can develop immediately. You often will see sudden swelling in the area and some bruising. Over time, additional symptoms of a muscle tear can become more apparent or bothersome. These symptoms include:

  • Soreness
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Discoloration
  • Muscle spasms

You could also notice a decrease in your usual range of motion in the affected area.

Symptoms of a muscle tear can range from mild to severe and debilitating. If you can’t find relief of muscle-tear pain with rest and over-the-counter medications, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Taylor.

How are muscle tears treated?

Mild to moderate muscle tears can be painful but are often treatable with ice therapy, physical therapy, and over-the-counter medications. Dr. Taylor could request that you limit physical activities and allow your muscle time to heal naturally.

If you have a severe tear or the muscle rips away from the bone, you will need surgery to repair it. Dr. Taylor offers both open and minimally invasive surgery to repair damaged tissue and promote proper muscle healing.

If you suffer repeated muscle tears due to your participation in sports or because of your job, Dr. Taylor can work closely with you to come up with preventive measures you can take to reduce your risk of injury, which is especially important following surgery.

Techniques to reduce additional muscle tears can involve doing exercises at home, using proper warmups before sports and other physical activities, and participating in physical therapy to strengthen your muscles and boost your health.

If you have symptoms of a torn muscle or experience repeated muscle tears, schedule a consultation at the office of Ryan Taylor, MD, today by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online now.