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Medstar Monday - Week 1 - Muscle Strains

Muscle Strains
“I think I pulled a muscle” is a common phrase heard in athletics. But what does that really mean? In medical terms, a pulled muscle is referred to as a muscle strain, which is a stretching or tearing of tendon or muscle. There are three degrees of muscle strain, with a Grade 3 strain being a complete tearing of the tissue. Most strains are Grade 1 and can be treated without surgical intervention. The main complaints of someone who has strained their muscle is pain and tightness so many patients believe they should stretch more. However, stretching an acute muscle strain will only make the strain worse. It is advised to rest and ice your muscle for the first couple of days before beginning a gentle stretching routine. It is also important to start a strengthening program once the patient is having no pain doing activities of daily life, such as walking or getting out of bed. Muscle strains can become chronic, recurrent injuries so it is important to properly care for them at the onset of injury. If the injury isn’t improving within a couple of weeks, it may be beneficial to see a primary care sports medicine physician who can refer you for physical therapy. Once back into full participation, incorporating a dynamic warm-up before activity can help prevent future muscle strains.


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Baltimore Union Sports Medicine Team

Union Sports Medicine Liaison: Bryan Caplan, DPT, MTC ([email protected])
Athletic Trainer:Amber Radtke, MS, LAT, ATC, NASM-CES ([email protected])
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jay Dyer, CSCS ([email protected])
Vice President of MedStar Sport Medicine: Sean Huffman
Director of MedStar Sports Medicine Research: Andy Lincoln

Baltimore City (Harbor Hospital)
Physician: Jeffrey Mayer, Leigh Ann Curl
Sports PT: Chadd Baldwin
Concussion PT: Emily Coates

Baltimore County (Franklin Square)
Urgent Care: MedStar Franklin Square ED
Physician: Frank Dawson, David Cohen, Christopher Looze
Sports PT: Ryan Zimmerman
Concussion PT: Michael Ariete, Jana Bille

Baltimore County (Dundalk)
Physician: Kelly Ryan
Sports & Concussion PT: Laura Long

Baltimore County (Timonium)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care Towson
Physician: Andrew Tucker, Richard Levine, Melita Moore
Sports PT: Chad Keller
Concussion PT: Patrick Miller

Harford County (Bel Air)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care
Physician: Sean Curtain
Sports PT: Chelsea Mitchell
Concussion PT: Adrienne Nelson
Concussion PT: Tori Palmer

Baltimore County (Perry Hall)
Urgent Care: MedStar Prompt Care
Sports PT: Stephanie Stover
Concussion PT: Mark Musselman

MedStar Sports Medicine is the official medical team for the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Baltimore Blast, Washington Spirit, and more than 50 additional professional, collegiate, high school, and club teams.

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