Treatment for a Pulled Chest Muscle

Treatment for a pulled chest muscle is designed to alleviate the pain and discomfort that arises when muscle feels tight or fibers in muscle have been torn. Overexertion, heavy lifting, strenuous exercise and workouts can cause muscle strain that will then require treatment and recovery.

The symptoms experienced after a pulled chest muscle can help determine whether the cause is a minor fiber tear or whether more severe tendon tearing has occurred.


  • Moderate to extreme pain
  • Restricted movement due to stiffness
  • Soreness when touched or continual pain without being touched
  • Stiffening or tenseness of the muscle
  • Swelling ranges from moderate to severe which needs attention by a physician
  • Bruising can be a slight discoloration to deep purple
  • Weakness of the muscle due to the tears in the fibers


  • Plenty of rest
  • Use ice packs on the injury for 15 minutes three times a day
  • Take anti-inflammatory medication
  • Use a heating pad for 15 minute intervals twice a day alternating with the ice pack
  • Discontinue any strenuous activity that will further damage the muscle
  • Do light stretching exercises to keep the muscle flexible and pliant
  • Maintain a healthy diet with added protein to help the healing process

A pulled chest muscle can be a moderate injury that lasts for several days with home treatment. For more severe injuries, consult a health care provider for diagnosis and prescribed medication.

Contact a physician or call 911 immediately if the following symptoms occur:

  • Feeling of extreme pressure in the chest
  • Pain in the left arm
  • Shortness of breath, accelerated heart beat, dizziness, nausea and sweating
  • Fever or cough producing a discharge
  • Chest pain lasts longer than three days
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