What are the symptoms of muscle injury and strain?
Muscle strain, based on severity, can be grouped into three levels:
Grade 1: This causes a minor muscle strain that can still cause pain and discomfort but does not lose its strength;
Grade 2: It leads to a moderate strain where more ligaments are severed, causing severe muscle tenderness and pain. It also involves mild bruising or swelling and average loss of strength in the area;
Grade 3: This causes serious injury that rips the muscles from the area, resulting in a complete loss of muscle function. It involves a high degree of pain, swelling, discoloration, and tenderness.
The symptoms of muscle strain will depend on the degree of severity of the muscle damage. The main signs of a muscle strain would be a sudden pain that aggravates while moving or contracting the muscles, followed by swelling, bruising, and limited mobility in the affected area.
Some of the symptoms of muscle strain may include:
Muscle pain and tenderness, the severity depending on the degree of pressure in the area. The pain usually increases on moving the affected area while it is relieved under rest.
Muscle swelling or discoloration or both.
A decrease in muscle strength or, as in the case of a severe muscle injury, total loss of muscle function.
A gap, dent, or other dents in the muscle structure, usually after a severe injury like a car accident.
Pop in the muscle right after the injury.
Inflammation with limited mobility in the affected area.
Where you have suffered muscle injury because of a car accident, you can have some other symptoms like the following:
Whiplash Injury: You can have a whiplash injury in a car accident where the neck is bent forcibly either from side to side or forward and backward, causing muscle strain to your neck and upper back.
Fractured vertebrae: The impact from a car accident can rupture your vertebrae, causing muscle pain and spasm in the affected area.
Seat belt and airbag injuries: You can have muscle pain and injury to your chest, abdomen, neck, and back area arising from the impact of the accident.