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How does a muscle strain affect the body?

A muscle strain can have various effects on the body depending on the severity and location of the strained muscle. A strain happens when a muscle is pulled or stretched too far. A sudden accident may cause a muscle to stretch too far or even tear, or repetitive motion may eventually cause a muscle to stretch over time. In either case, the strain may cause the muscle to become painful and swollen.

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