Lower Abdominal Muscle Strain Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Lower Abdominal Muscle Strain Causes, Symptoms, Treatment


In your abdominal wall you will find several types of muscles, which perform some of our most crucial body functions. Our main body trunk is also supported by your abdominal muscles and help to make our movements possible. Your abdominal muscles are also responsible for controlling your internal pressure in your abdomen and help to keep your internal organs in their right position.


Causes of lower abdominal muscle pull


The main thing that can cause this condition is an excessive stretching of your muscles, which can happen when you use your muscles too much, have some abnormal movement of your main trunk of your body, or some type of injury. You can cause it by pushing, pulling, or lifting heavy objects the wrong way. You can also strain your abdomen muscles just by playing hockey, skating, or even doing the breaststroke in swimming.

If you are obese you can strain your abdominal muscles if you try to forcefully do workouts. Although it may be hard to believe, you can even strain your abdominal muscles just by sneezing or coughing. If it is a minor injury you can cause small tears in the fibers of the abdominal muscles. If it is a serious strain your abdominal muscles can get broken completely off from its ligament. This type of strain can cause a hernia or even internal bleeding.

Symptoms of Lower Abdominal Muscle Strain


Most people who suffer from a muscle strain in their abdomen will experience a sharp pain where the injury has occurred. It can be so severe that it will even be difficult to flex the muscle and the pain will usually increase during abdomen contractions and when your abdomen relaxes the pain will decrease.

The muscle strains in your abdomen are categorized broadly into three grades, which are based on how severe the injury is in your muscle.

  • Grade one-the muscle pain and strain are mild and will usually not lead to any major body movement restrictions.
  • Grade two-the muscle pain is usually moderate and you will usually not be able to do any movements that involve twisting the body.
  • Grade three-a person with this type of strain usually suffers from abdominal pain that is severe and will usually cause muscle spasms. With this type of strain even doing normal activities are badly affected.

Treatment for Lower Abdominal Muscle Strain


Normally muscle strains in your abdomen can be diagnosed by physically examining your abdomen. With a physical examination you can see and feel signs of the area being tender, the loss of strength in that area, and swelling of the muscles. If there is a muscle rupture, just by touching the affected area with the hand the physician can sense a presence of a gap there. Using X-ray imaging will not detect this problem. To detect any hernia that protrudes through your abdominal wall, the physician may order a MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), a CT (CAT scan), or an Ultrasound.

The main reason for treatment is to help bring down any pain, bleeding, or swelling in that area of the muscle strain. Treating abdominal muscle strains is very difficult for the simple reason that it is impossible to completely rest the muscles in that particular area. What a person can do exercising but not losing weight is to stop completely all activities that will cause the abdominal muscle to stretch to help lessen your pain. How long the treatment will last depends on how severe the strain is.

If you have Grade One or Grade Two strain, applying an ice pack will help to give relief to the pain. Sometimes, for the first two days of the pain, the physician will prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. If you have severe pain the physician may give you a pain relief injection. In some cases in order to help the muscle relax you can apply moist heat to the area plus it will also help with the management of pain.

Sometimes the physician will tell you to wrap an elastic bandage loosely around your abdomen to help restrict any body movements. If it is a serious tear in your abdominal muscle, you may need surgery to repair it.