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What is a strain?

A strain is a stretching and tearing of muscles or tendons.



Strains often are caused by lifting something heavy or working a muscle too hard. They usually involve the muscles in the neck, back, thigh, or the back of the lower leg. Some strains can reoccur, especially in the neck and back.

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