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Signs of a Pulled Chest Muscle

author image Rica Lewis
A health-care professional for more than 10 years, Rica Lewis has obtained numerous certifications in the industry. In 2006 she began channeling her knowledge into health-related articles for print and online publications. Her work has appeared in "Metroparent Magazine," "Anew Heart Healthcare Magazine" and community newspapers. Lewis earned a diploma from LongRidge Writers Institute.
Signs of a Pulled Chest Muscle
Signs of a Pulled Chest Muscle

Chest pain can be a scary phenomenon, causing you to fear the worst. A heart attack, pulmonary embolism, hypertension and a host of other complications can cause chest pain. On the other hand, a multitude of minor issues can cause chest pain. Exercising after a meal, coughing, heartburn, weight lifting or trauma from an injury are minor causes of chest pain. Always confirm the cause of pain before deciding how you will treat it. If a pulled muscle is the cause, at-home-remedies such as ice, rest and over-the-counter medications will be sufficient.

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Chest pain caused by a pulled muscle is the result of trauma that can occur several days before the pain transpires. Consider any activities you have done recently that might result in a pulled muscle. Injury from direct trauma can cause tenderness of the chest wall muscles. You will notice tenderness when pressing on the area with fingers. Coughing and weight lifting are possible factors leading to a pulled muscle in the chest.

Pain/ Weakness

Chest muscles are pulled and strained in varying degrees. The mildest pulled muscle injury yields no tears or weakness. A moderate injury results in tears to the chest muscles and tendons. The most severe injury causes the tendons to rupture, resulting in a need for surgery and other medical interventions. The most obvious sign of a pulled muscle is pain. However, the level of pain felt relates to the degree of injury. With a muscle strain, pain can be felt when stretching, lifting, reaching or exerting the affected chest muscles. A moderate or severe strain will also result in weakness, due to a muscle tear.

Muscle Spasms/ Swelling

A pulled muscle due to strain or injury can also cause swelling in the chest area and muscle spasms. A muscle spasm is the result of inflammation caused by strain, causing the muscles to contract suddenly. Pain may also be present with muscle spasms. To relieve swelling, ice can be applied immediately after injury, but should be limited to 20-minute applications, according to the Mayo Clinic. You can reapply the ice treatment every few hours.

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