Symptoms of a Torn Arm Muscle

By Michael Hinckley

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In the course of playing several rounds of golf, or even playing with a new set of clubs, it is possible to experience a torn arm muscle. Torn muscles, also known as strained muscles, can occur anytime but are sometimes mistaken for tired or fatigued muscles. Knowing the difference can avoid needless pain and discomfort, but only if you know what to look for in the first place.


Assess if the arm is in pain. Fatigue is usually not accompanied by pain so if a muscle is painful (whether touched or when used) then your arm probably has a torn muscle.


Examine the arm for swelling. Swelling is caused by fluids such as lymph and blood collecting at the point of injury and is a sure sign that something is wrong with your arm and an important indicator of a torn muscle.


Examine your arm muscle for "knots" near the effected area. Subconsciously, your body is trying to protect your muscle and is asking other muscles to do work they are not designed to do. The result is a hard "knot" in your injured muscle. This coupled with pain and swelling almost certainly indicates a torn arm muscle.

About the Author

Michael Hinckley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in US history from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Arts degree in Middle East history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Hinckley is conversant in Arabic, and is a part-time lecturer at two Midwestern universities.