Muscle Strains & Tears

Muscle strains and sprains, sometimes called a pulled muscle, are common injuries that happen when the connective tissue between your muscles and bones are stressed or damaged. Many times, muscle strains or sprains just require rest and at-home treatment, but more serious injuries, such as tears, may require more bracing, splinting or even surgery to properly recover.

NGPG Urgent Care can provide prompt diagnosis and treatment, helping you feel better faster and get back to your regular activities. For pulled or torn muscles, we offer convenient virtual care or in-person care.

Online or In-Person Care for Muscle Pain

Our board-certified providers offer on-demand video visits so you can consult with a medical professional from the comfort of your own home. From there, we can prescribe a treatment plan, medication or recommend next steps to care for a more intensive tear or strain. For those who prefer in-person care, view our wait times and let us know you’re on the way!

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  • Open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Treats patients 5 years and older
  • Accepts insurance and self-pay

Meet face-to-face with a board-certified physician near you.

  • Open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
  • Treats patients 6 months and older
  • On-site diagnostic testing & vaccinations

What are the symptoms of a muscle strain or sprain?

Symptoms of a muscle strain, sprain or tear depend on the severity of your injury. You may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Achy, sore or tender sensations in the muscle
  • Inflammation and swelling
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain of varying severity, including sudden or stabbing pain
  • Reduced range of motion or reduced ability to move the muscle
  • Loss of strength

How long does it take for a muscle strain to heal?

Rest and proper treatment are critical for a muscle strain or sprain to heal properly and ensure you can continue to do the things you love. A mild pulled muscle may take three to six weeks to recover, with the proper treatment and at-home routine. More significant muscle sprains, strains or tears may require more surgery to heal properly, which will increase the recovery time and likely necessitate physical therapy. Physical therapy or athletic training may benefit anyone experiencing muscle pain, however, and our urgent care providers can help make a referral, if needed.