Injured pectoral muscle: What are the suitable treatment options?

A damage pectoral muscle is considered uncommon but can occur from bench pressing or lifting heavy objects. The pectorals are a group of muscles positioned on each side of the chest. An injury to these muscles can occur if they are overly stretched. In most cases, physical therapy might be needed if an individual is suspected with an injured pectoral muscle.

Close look on the pectoral muscle

The pectoral muscle comprised of the pectoralis minor and major are in pairs on each side of the chest.

The pectoralis major muscle covers the breastbone, collarbone and ribs up to the upper arm bone and responsible for moving the shoulder sideways and rotating it towards the body.

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The pectoral minor muscle starts at the ribs up to the shoulder blade and responsible for pulling the shoulder blade downwards.

The pectoral minor muscle starts at the ribs up to the shoulder blade and responsible for pulling the shoulder blade downwards.

How to provide pain relief to an injured pectoral muscle

Physical therapy is utilized to lessen the pain after ending up with an injured pectoral muscle. The application of moist heat is often used to improve the flow of blood to the injured site as well as allow the muscles to relax.

Electrical stimulation utilizes an electrical current to lessen the pain and improve the flow of blood to the site of injury.

Ultrasound might also be performed over the site of injury to increase the flow of blood to the deeper muscular structures. At the end of the session, an ice pack is applied to reduce the pain that arises during treatment.

Range of motion exercises

The range of motion of the shoulder might be reduced if the pectoral muscle is injured. Suitable exercises are performed to restore this movement. The range of motion exercises in the therapy include passive, active and active assisted.

Stretching exercises

After the injury, the pectoral muscle might tighten as the body tries to protect the area from further injury. The stretches are done to mildly stretch the muscle to lessen the tightness.

Strengthening exercises

Strengthening is a vital part of therapy once the pectoral muscle has healed, usually 6 weeks after the injury. Elastic bands, exercise machines and wrist-cuff weights.

More Information / Disclaimer

The information posted on this page on an injured pectoral muscle is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize the indications by taking a standard first aid course with Vancouver First Aid.

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