Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Leg Strain Overview

What is a leg strain?
A person with a leg strain has stretched, or torn, a tendon or muscle in the leg. Tendons are strong bands that connect muscles to bone. A leg strain is usually caused by injury or overuse. Most leg strains involve a stretched tendon or a partial tear of a muscle. Severe leg injuries may completely tear a tendon or muscle, which result in a tendon rupture or muscle rupture.

What are the symptoms of a leg strain?
Symptoms of a leg strain include leg bruising, leg swelling, muscle stiffness, leg muscle tenderness, and leg pain that worsens with movement.

How does the doctor treat a leg strain?
Treatment for a leg strain pain may include rest, cold compresses, elevation, crutches, an elastic wrap, a splint or cast, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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