How to Repair Torn Muscles in the Abdomen

Abdominal pains
A young woman is holding an ice pack to her stomach. (Image: overcrew/iStock/Getty Images)

Torn abdominal muscles are also referred to as sprains and involve tearing of the supporting muscle fibers. This causes pain, inflammation and weakness and is usually due to improper movement during workouts or lifting of heavy objects. To repair a torn abdominal muscle, it is important to see your physician to determine the extent of the injury.

Step 1

Apply an ice pack to the abdomen for 15 minutes, three times daily. The temperature of the ice will reduce inflammation and help assist in pain relief. You may also massage the injury with ice in a circular motion for 15 minutes, three times daily, to maximize healing potential.

Step 2

Eat a diet high in protein, including lean meats, fish, poultry, milk, cheese and eggs. Protein is what makes up muscle fibers, making increased intake of protein-rich foods a valuable tool in muscle repair.

Step 3

Apply heat to the injury after 24 hours. Only use heat if it is comfortable for you. Discontinue use of heating pads, heat lamps or hot compresses if discomfort or irritation of the skin occurs. Heat helps relax muscles surrounding the injury, allowing for proper healing, while also reducing inflammation.

Step 4

Stretch the muscles gradually as pain and inflammation start to decrease. This is normally done a week to two weeks after the injury is sustained. Gentle stretching while being aware of pain limits will help repair muscle function and prevent scarring of the surrounding tissue.

Step 5

Avoid heavy lifting or exercise. This could further the injury and allow for intestinal herniation, possibly requiring surgery. Rest is essential to the body's healing time and repair rate.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice pack

  • Heating pad, heat lamp or hot compress

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