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Muscle Tears


Muscle Tears

Muscles are found all throughout our bodies and the contraction of these is what allows us to move and helps to stabilise our joints. If we repetitively apply a force to our muscles, over time they will get bigger and stronger. However, if this force is too much for a muscle to handle at one time or over a short period of time (when fatigued), it can tear. This kind of tear often happens with big muscles such as a calf, hammy, quad, pec or bicep. However, you can also get what we call a chronic tear which happens over a larger amount of time and much more repetition. This is common in our rotator cuff muscles, a group of 4 muscles that provide stability to our shoulders. Muscle tears come in 3 grades: Grade 1 (mild) – micro tear, Grade 2 (moderate) – partial tear, Grade 3 (severe) – full tear.

When a muscle tears, it will bleed causing swelling, bruising and/or redness depending on the severity. It will also cause loss of function and quite a bit of pain! Our physiotherapists are trained to accurately diagnose a muscle tear, the severity of which will alter the rehabilitation length and process. If muscle tears do not get rehabbed properly, there is a significantly higher risk of re-injury, not just to the same muscle due to weakness, but surrounding muscles due to compensation as well as ligaments and joints due to lack of support.