Our Physiotherapist are experts at detecting a muscle strain because we spend 11 hours a day working on soft tissue, forgive us to say “we just have the feeling for it”.
Your Physio will want to know what type of activity triggered your muscle pain and whether there was a pop in the muscle at the time of injury. The Physio will ask about your symptoms, especially any decrease in muscle strength or any difficulty moving.
After asking about your symptoms and past medical history, your physio will examine you, checking for muscle damage by testing its tenderness, spasm, weakness and decreased muscle movement. If this exam points to a mild or moderate muscle injury, you may not need any additional testing.
In some cases we may refer you for an X-ray to exclude any bone pathology or abnormality, but this is rare. Even an MRI will be very excessive,and is definitely not necessary to confirm a torn muscle, its way too expensive.