The chest muscle or the pectoral muscle helps lift and move the arms and shoulders. It is a major muscle and is prone to injury, especially among weightlifters, bodybuilders and those engaged in contact with sports.
Knowing the signs and understanding the basics of first aid for a torn pectoral muscle can save a lot of anguish and medical expense.
The primary reason for pain in the pectoral muscle is the result of a tear when the tissues of the muscle rupture. Torn muscle fibers are extremely painful. Signs of a torn muscle include pain with bruising, swelling and a burning sensation. This is accompanied with loss of movement or lifting power.
A torn muscle may make a popping sound when exercising, or burn profusely. While lifting power is diminished the person is unable to the move arm to arm, horizontally. It is good to treat the muscle tear with rest and application of heat and ice. Place an icepack in a wash cloth and dishtowel to prevent direct contact. Leave the ice for 15 to 20 minutes and follow with an application of heat from a towel warmed in hot water or microwave or use a heating pad set on low. Limit movement and use of the arm or shoulder that’s injured.
If the tear is severe and heating or cooling does not provide any relief, a visit to the doctor will be necessary. If the tear is severe, surgery may be indicated to join the muscle. This remedies the situation but the muscle is never as strong or supple as it was earlier. Rehabilitation is a lengthy, painful process.
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