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A 21-year-old member asked:

Will a hot bath help with this muscle pain?

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Dr. Haleh Agdassi
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 26 years experience
It may: It depends on the cause of your pain. Heat can be therapeutic since it can increase blood flow, decrease pain, decrease muscle tone. Heat therapy is generally used for chronic conditions, can help reduce muscle spasms.There are contraindications to use of hot baths, ie pregnancy, bleeding disorders, impaired sensation, and others. Be mindful of burns. Discuss with your md re risks/benefits.
Dr. Mark Sacher
Pain Management 33 years experience
Sometimes: In acute muscle injury, within the first 24 hours, cold bath and ice therapy is the therapy of choice. After the first 24 hours of muscle injury, moist heat or ultrasound heat treatments are the gold standard. I have some chronic pain patients who get adequate pain relief from warm or hot baths and showers. Some patients complain of increase muscle pain after they had a warm/hot bath and showers.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

If i put lemon in my tea, will that help or worsen the muscle pain?

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Dr. Dennis Giannini
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 36 years experience
Could help some: Lemon juice can be helpful in relieving the pain from muscle soreness to some extent, by helping carry oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and reducing inflammation.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What will heal muscle pain?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
Rest, ice : I would rest and allow the injury to heal the best treatment would be ice, nsaids and avoidance of any exacerbating activities. If symptoms persist, you should be evaluated.

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