Causes of Strain


Cause of Strain: A strain is caused by twisting or pulling a muscle or tendon. Strains can be acute or chronic. An acute strain is caused by trauma or an injury such as a blow to the body; it can also be caused by improperly lifting heavy objects or overstressing the muscles. Chronic strains are usually the result of overuse--prolonged, repetitive movement of the muscles and tendons.1

Triggers list for Strain: The list of triggers mentioned in source as possible causal factors for Strain includes:

  • Injury
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Overstressing muscles
  • Contact sports
  • Athletics
  • Running
  • Sports with gripping - e.g. rowing, gymnastics, golf.
  • Raquet sports - e.g. tennis
  • Throwing sports

Related information for causes of Strain: Further relevant information on causes of Strain may be found in the risk factors for Strain and underlying causes of Strain.

1. excerpt from Questions and Answers Sprains and Strains: NIAMS

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