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5 Things You Need to Know About Abdominal Strain

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5 Things You Need to Know About Abdominal Strain
An ab strain can be painful. Photo Credit 5432action/iStock/Getty Images

An abdominal strain is an injury to the rectus abdominus, or front muscle of the abdomen, though injury can also occur to the obliques, or side muscles. An abdominal strain results in sudden pain. You will find it hard to bend or tighten the muscle. For instance, you will feel immediate pain if you try to do an abdominal crunch or bend to touch your toes. You may have swelling or muscle spasms. The severity of a strain is broken down into three grades: Grade I is a mild strain, Grade II is a strain with moderate discomfort, and Grade III is the most severe, with swelling and maybe even bruising.

An abdominal strain is an injury to the rectus abdominus, or front muscle of the abdomen, though injury can also occur to the obliques, or side muscles. An abdominal strain results in sudden pain. You will find it hard to bend or tighten the muscle. For instance, you will feel immediate pain if you try to do an abdominal crunch or bend to touch your toes. You may have swelling or muscle spasms. The severity of a strain is broken down into three grades: Grade I is a mild strain, Grade II is a strain with moderate discomfort, and Grade III is the most severe, with swelling and maybe even bruising.

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