What’s the best way to treat an intramuscular tear?

It’s usually a sudden jerk of a muscle during strenuous sports, exercise, or heavy lifting. Sometimes it’s blunt impact during a car accident. One abrupt move or direction shift can cause an intramuscular tear—a tear within the muscle lining.

The burning sensation is immediately followed by severe throbbing. You limp. You tremble. You can’t flex the muscle without excruciating pain. Your normal function is replaced by swelling and stiffness.

What’s the best way to treat an intramuscular tear?

Even among top NBA and NFL orthopedic specialists, there is no consensus. But they do agree on one thing: players who have surgery are at an increased risk of re-injury on return to play. It’s no wonder these experts are moving away from traditional treatments.

In the past, these tears have been injected with NSAIDs (like Diclofenac), a risky procedure that can cause nerve and muscle damage. The list of side effects is a long one: breathing problems, stomach bleeding, liver damage, high blood pressure, and low red blood cell count.