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How to Recognize Pulled Chest Muscle Symptoms

By Contributor ; Updated July 27, 2017

Pulled chest muscle symptoms can range from extremely uncomfortable, to barely noticeable. In fact, you can get this kind of injury doing something as simple as coughing really hard, or something as severe as lifting 200 pounds. Depending on the person and the situation, there are many different ways to injure one's body. This article goes into detail explaining how to recognize pulled chest muscle symptoms.

Rotate your torso slowly until you feel pain. Pulled chest muscle symptoms typically include a sharp pain when you turn. This usually happens within 24 hours of the injury.

Lift your arms once you return to a normal standing position. Pulled chest muscle symptoms affect arm movement as well because they use the torso to move. If you feel any pain, this could also be a sign.

Look at the area with the most pain. Some pulled chest muscle symptoms suggest you might have bruising if it is severe enough. Use a mirror to get a better look if the location is inconvenient.

Gently run your hand, or have someone else run their hand over the sorest area. If you have a severe injury pulled chest muscle symptoms will include obvious swelling. If this is the case, visit the doctor.


If the pain is too much and you can't go about normal tasks, visit a doctor even if you don't think the injury is serious enough.

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