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What is a strained, sprained, pulled or torn soft tissue?

Through a variety of means, it's easy to pull, tear or strain the muscles in your back. In many cases, there's no one to blame for the accident. However, in some cases, you're in a position where you can seek a personal injury lawsuit.

Take, for example, working on a yacht with friends. You may enjoy boating, but if someone is intoxicated and does something that causes you to fall and injure yourself, you could have a right to a claim.

When you suffer muscle pulls, tears or strains, the good news is that many minor injuries do heal on their own. Unfortunately, not all injuries are minor, and serious back injuries do take significant time to heal. Rest, ice and other measures are vital to a recovery from back injuries.

In the back, there are tendons, ligaments and muscles. These soft tissues can become strained or sprained. They may tear as well. A torn muscle is actually just a pulled muscle with a different name. Essentially, you overuse the muscle, causing the fine fibers to snap apart and tear. This causes pain, swelling and often bruising.

Sprains and strains are different because sprains involve ligaments while strains involve muscles and tendons. They are both the overstretching or tearing of the soft tissues in your body. Common symptoms of strains include soreness, pain, muscle spasms, stiffness, pain in the thigh, legs or buttock. There may also be weakness.

No matter what kind of injury you have, a medical provider should be able to complete a physical and order tests to see how serious it is. Then, you can file a claim for the appropriate treatment.

Source: BraceAbility, "Back Muscle Tear, Pull, or Strain," accessed April 26, 2018

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