An 81 yr old female who is on her legs all day working had a second bout of pulling like tearing muscles strain from her back hip to her knee that she could hardly walk. She rested, took Ibuprofen and a supplement of turmeric and ginger ( Zyflamend , Wholemend ) and her body massaged with oil mixed with grapefruit oil and essential oils of lemon grass and rosemary. She is now resting and will visit her doctor soon after her rest. The last time this happened, her doctor in the Philippines suctioned a yellow pus in her knees and she was treated with antibiotics. She rested for 4 months and went back to work she aggravated her muscle pain again.  Her children are now watching her to stop from working and just rest. The day before the pain attacked happened, she worked hard all day and took a shower at night and consumed mong beans and pork that day. She will now monitor her diet to consumer more anti-inflammatory foods of veggies and fish.


Muscle strain is injury to muscle as a result of strenuous activity. Almost anyone can put undue tension on muscles during the course of normal daily activities, with sudden, quick heavy lifting, during sports, or while performing work tasks. Muscle strain is sometimes referred to as muscle pull. A severe muscle strain can result in a muscle tear. The tearing of the muscle can also damage small blood vessels, causing local bleeding (with or without bruising) and pain (caused by irritation of the nerve endings in the area). Of note, a sprain, in contrast to a strain, is an injury to ligaments and/or joints that cause pain and swelling but not dislocation.

What Are Muscle Strain Causes and Risk Factors?

Muscle strains can happen to anyone. They occur in the course of normal activities of the day or as a result of sudden use of a muscle with activity. Activities that can increase the risk of muscle strain include athletic activity in sports, with sudden acceleration or deceleration, throwing, quick and/or heavy lifting, sudden coughing, or injury of muscle while performing irregular work tasks. It is possible to strain any muscle that moves bones. Commonly strained muscles include the lumbar muscles, hamstring muscles of the posterior thigh, abdominal muscles, biceps muscles, triceps muscles, adductor muscles, quadriceps muscles of the thigh, triceps muscles, calf muscles, upper back muscles including trapezius and rhomboid muscles, neck muscles, and the intercostal muscles and oblique muscles of the chest.