How to Identify a Ruptured Stomach Muscle

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Sudden, sharp pain can indicate a stomach muscle rupture.
Sudden, sharp pain can indicate a stomach muscle rupture. (Image: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/images/stomacheache.jpg, http://www.learn-practical-self-defense.com/images/Thinking_Hard.jpg, http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://pro.corbis.com/images/42-18718228.jpg%3Fsize%3D572%26uid%3D%257B5D7AECDA-5876-442A-9239-CC3B69E7125D%257D&imgrefurl=http://pro.corbis.com/search/Enlargement.aspx%3FCID%3Disg%26mediauid%3D5D7AECDA-5876-442A-9239-CC3B69E7125D&h=400&w=267&sz=34&hl=en&start=8&um=1&tbnid=KIH6ffdIAK8kCM:&tbnh=124&tbnw=83&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dhands%2Bon%2Bstomach%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1T4ADBS_enSG224US232, http://z.about.com/d/exercise/1/0/2/b/medballcrunch2.jpg)

Ruptured stomach muscles occur when the abdominal muscles are overly strained and even torn or broken. This tends to happen mostly to athletes, such as weightlifters, gymnasts, pole vaulters and wrestlers. However, anyone can rupture a stomach muscle if they place enough strain on the area, and returning to normal activities too soon after the strain has healed can create major inflammation problems. In this article, we'll discuss how to identify a ruptured stomach muscle.

Review the sequence of events leading up to the injury. Try to remember any sharp, stabbing pains. A sudden, sharp pain in the stomach area is frequently indicative of a stomach muscle rupture.

Everything was fine until I started that set of 1000 situps...
Everything was fine until I started that set of 1000 situps...

Press lightly on the abdominal area. Tenderness and inflammation in this area may indicate a stomach muscle rupture, particularly if the sore area is part of the lower abdominal region.

Do not press too hard on your stomach. If you have a ruptured stomach muscle, even light pressure will be uncomfortable.
Do not press too hard on your stomach. If you have a ruptured stomach muscle, even light pressure will be uncomfortable.

Lie down flat on your back on the floor. Attempt a single sit up or crunch. If you feel a distinct increase in pain when your stomach muscles contract, you likely have a ruptured stomach muscle.

Only attempt a single crunch, and stop as soon as you feel pain.
Only attempt a single crunch, and stop as soon as you feel pain.

Call your doctor. Generally, this type of injury heals with rest alone. However, you may wish to contact your personal physician to make sure that there are no additional health ramifications for your unique situation.

Tips & Warnings

  • Returning to regular exercise and physical activity too soon after rupturing a stomach muscle can lead to major inflammation of the entire abdominal area. Make sure that you are fully recovered before resuming your normal activity.
  • Talk to your doctor about any pain that you have.

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