Muscle strain

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Information about signs, symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention of muscle strain.

Key points

  • A muscle strain is a pain in the muscle. It is caused by pushing or stretching a muscle too much.
  • The pain may occur right away or several hours after the strain.
  • To treat muscle cramps, remember rest, ice, compression, elevation (R.I.C.E).
  • If your child is in severe pain while resting the muscle, give acetaminophen.
Last updated: December 14th 2010