Muscle Tears Specialist

Alexander Kulick, MD

Pain Management located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Muscle tears can be debilitating if left untreated. If you experience muscle discomfort, pain management specialist Alexander Kulick, MD, offers you relief using advanced pain management solutions at his practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Call the New York City office or use the online booking tool if you suspect a muscle tear.

Muscle Tears Q & A

What are muscle tears?

Muscle tears, or muscle strains, are injuries within muscle fibers. These tears might occur from playing sports, falling down, lifting something heavy, or overuse. A torn muscle often occurs in your arms, legs, or lower back. Proper treatment offers you pain relief and accelerated healing.

What are the symptoms of muscle tears?

If you have a muscle tear, you might experience:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Bruising or redness
  • Limited motion
  • Stiffness
  • A knotted feeling

Pain from muscle tears ranges from mild to severe. If your pain is long-lasting or intense, see Dr. Kulick for an evaluation. 

How are muscle tears diagnosed?

Dr. Kulick reviews your symptoms and medical history. He examines areas of your body that are painful and might use ultrasound, X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures to diagnose a muscle tear or other injuries.

How are muscle tears treated?

Your personalized muscle tear treatment plan is based on the severity of your injury. Dr. Kulick might recommend:

RICE therapy

Resting, icing, compressing, and elevating an injury can enhance healing, reduce pain, and prevent reinjury. 

Regenerative medicine

Dr. Kulick offers regenerative medicine injections to accelerate healing naturally without surgery or downtime. They include platelet-rich plasma (PRP), sourced from your blood, and stem cells.

Physical therapy

A physical therapist shows you strength and flexibility exercises that can relieve pain, stimulate healing, and prevent reinjury.


Dr. Kulick can help you immobilize the site of a muscle tear using a splint or brace.


In severe cases of muscle tears, surgery helps you fully recover muscle and joint function. Surgical procedures are often a last resort if other treatments haven’t worked.

Can I prevent muscle tears?

Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle may lower your risk of developing muscle tears. Conduct strength and stretching exercises, get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet, and avoid overuse when possible. Warm up before sports activities and strenuous exercise.

Despite taking precautions, muscle tears can still occur. If they do, you can trust Dr. Kulick with your care. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online at the office of Dr. Alexander Kulick today.