Knowing how to heal a strained bicep can make a dramatic difference in your condition. While some may believe that relaxation is the key to healing any type of strained muscle, this isn't always true. There are a few things that almost anyone can do to reduce the healing time of a strained bicep and return to normal activities in minimal time.
- Stretch. The key to properly healing a strained bicep is to continue to stretch the muscle. However, caution should be used. The bicep should only be mildly stretched; over-exertion can lead to further injury. Stretching should not be painful and should not be held until the point of tension on the muscle.
- Avoid strenuous activity. While stretching and light activities can help heal a strained bicep, certain activities should be avoided. This includes most sports, vigorous activities and activities that can cause further strain on the muscle. A general rule of thumb is to abstain from any activity that inflicts pain or discomfort on the strained bicep.
- Manage your symptoms. Managing the symptoms of a strained bicep can also promote healing. Using an elastic compress, elevation and applying ice packs are helpful in controlling the swelling associated with the strain.
- Seek treatment. Healing time and treatments will vary depending on the type of bicep strain. There are various grades of muscle strains, some requiring surgery and/or physical therapy. Consulting a physician may become necessary to heal a strained bicep, depending on the severity. Men suffering from severe weakness of the bicep, excruciating pain, discoloration or any other unusual symptom should consult a physician immediately.