A muscle strain is caused by tension or stress applied to the muscle that it cannot withstand. There are several ways that this can happen:
- Muscle may not be ready for sudden stress
- Tension may be too much for the muscle to bear (eg, lifting a weight that is too heavy for you)
- Muscle is used too much on a certain day
Certain areas have muscles that are more likely to be strained than others including:
Muscles that cross two joints are at risk.
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