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how can i treat a pulled muscle on my side

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Make sure it is a "pulled muscle" first. How did it happen and what are the symptoms. If it is in fact a pulled muscle, ice, rest and Ibuprofen will ... Read More

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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Sheskier
38 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Rest: Ice for first 2-3 days. Wrap leg with an ace wrap. Heel lift can take off tension and ease pain Avoid massage initially. After 1-2 weeks can start ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Rest, stretch, NSAID: Stretch, reduce your activity level, anti-inflammatories, and then slowly get back into your activities again. Muscle pulls can take weeks or months ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Heat, massage, tape: This depends on what muscle. In general, heat applications & massage will help to ease symptoms as can icing. Otc medication will help. Taping or s ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
22 years experience General Surgery
Time: A pulled muscle is a tearing of some of the fibers of that muscle, which causes swelling, then pain. It takes awhile for the swelling to resolve, but ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Dailey
19 years experience Family Medicine
Back it down: Back down on exercise, use some anti-inflammatories and heat couple with some gentle stretching. A slow return to activity as the pain resolves.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is great for gluteal strains. Yes - a very long needle is used for this. But the results can be very good.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
NSAIDs : Try taking a NSAID , use heat packs. If not better a muscle relaxant and gentle massage can be helpful.
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Dr. Dennis Giannini
35 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
NSAIDS, ice, heat...: Pain, stiffness, and inflammation can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). Follow directions on label. Ice f ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
13 years experience Family Medicine
Wait on cephalexin: There's nothing you're describing that makes me think this is an infection... Which is what you would take Cephalexin for. I would strongly recommend ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
NSAIDs : Immediate tx.For neck muscle strain would include ice , nsaid, followed by heat to the affected muscle, cont'd use of a NSAID , rest and possibly mass ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: Be referred to a physical therapist for rehabilitation.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It depend: How bad is it, minor muscle sprain will go in few days to a week using moist heat and Motrin 400mg three time a day(if you could use it). If the musc ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
17 years experience LASIK Surgery
Back strain: Oral anti-inflammatory, oral muscle relaxer, rest, alternating ice/heat.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Waldman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
2-6 weeks: Depending on the severity of the injury.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bryce Bederka
19 years experience Sports Medicine
Muscle strain: Muscle strains can take up to 8 weeks to heal. Local massage, ice, and anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen can help with the pain. When a muscle tears ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Wyatt
25 years experience Family Medicine
No quick answer: Resting the area is the only treatment. Unfortunately, when you strain a muscle near the ribs, it is impossible to 100% rest is - due to the need of ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Examination: Generally there will be an associated injury, as well as tenderness directly over the involved muscle. An MRI can be done to visualize the inflammati ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maritza Baez
16 years experience Family Medicine
Skin: It could be eczema or warts, or an allergic reaction to something. Skin complaints are best treated in person so the doctor can see and feel to determ ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
22 years experience Podiatry
Bigger or stronger?: With a true clubfoot, the position of thr foot is flexed down at the ankle and then twisted inward at the heel and the midfoot (aka talipes equino var ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sterling
29 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Probably can't...: Which muscle? When? When someone really completely tears a muscle there's usually swelling and bleeding from the injury as well as profound weakness ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Michalski
35 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Strain: Consider rest, ice, gentle massage, nsaids, purified omega.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Azita Madjidi
29 years experience Plastic Surgery
See a doctor: A physician needs to evaluate you. Your options are your primary care physician, dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

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