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Doctor insights on: Back Muscle Is Tender

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Back muscle stiffness?

Back muscle stiffness?

Stretch!: If stiffness is due to muscle tightness/imbalance a good stretching program can be helpful. Be mindful of your posture in both sitting and standing. It could also be due to arthritic changes in the back. If associated with pain, persistent stiffness, do see your doctor. A physical therapist can be helpful in designing a stretching program once you have an appropriate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Ways to help my injured back muscle to heal?

Ways to help my injured back muscle to heal?

Rest is key: For back problems , the key is to allow the injury to heal. If one keeps performing the exacerbating activity, there is no reason for the injury to heal the symptoms can be helped with nsaid, muscle relaxants and physical therapy. Unfortunately, time is the key for almost any injury to heal which is what athletes don't want to hear. ...Read more

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Is it harder to gain back muscle after atrophy?

Depends: Muscles atrophy for different reasons. If the atrophy is from say being in a cast for 3 months, the muscles should come back fine with exercise and just routine daily activities like walking if it is a leg muscle. If the muscle has atrophied because of a nerve injury or an injury to the brain or spinal cord, the recovery of this muscle is much more sketchy; it may not recover. ...Read more

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How can I tell if i injured a back muscle or my spine?

It hurts: If you have a sufficient mechanism to have pulled a muscle in the back and you feel a muscular pain the resolves after several days, then you could certainly have had a "lumbar strain". If it does not resolve after 7-10 days, it may be something more. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Can you fully recover from a bad lower back muscle injury?

Can you fully recover from a bad lower back muscle injury?

Rest, ice, nsaids: In general you will need to rest and take it easy until the symptoms resolve. Depending on the severity of the injury you might need a few days of rest, or a combination of rest, ice nsaids and physical therapy to alleviate your symptoms. While the severity of lower back injuries varies greatly you must pay attention to your symptoms and return to activities gradually to prevent reinjury. ...Read more

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What are some quick healing tips for a pulled lower back muscle?

What are some quick healing tips for a pulled lower back muscle?

Rest, ice, NSAIDs: Muscle strain is managed by resting the affecting muscle and avoiding movements that exacerbate the pain. You can also use ice application for the first two days, elastic wraps, and nsaids, like advil or aleve, (naproxen) supplemented with acetaminophen. ...Read more

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What causes back muscle stiffness an a feeling of off balance ?

What causes back muscle stiffness an a feeling of off balance    ?

Achilles equinis: Sometimes your achilles tendon can be too tight ( equinis ) which can make your muscles stiffness and can cause you to feel off balance. There is also other causes of muscle stiffness. See your physician for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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While doing shrugs in gym i think i tore mu upper back muscle as there was cracking sound, could any on please confirm the exact problem and solution?

Shrugs: Tearing a muscle is one of the most painful things you can imagine, and would not make a cracking sound. I suspect that if you are not in pain now and have normal range of motion and strength then it was more likely due to popping some ligamentous joints, similar to popping a knuckle. ...Read more

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What's good for a pulled lower back muscle?

What's good for a pulled lower back muscle?

Ice,stretch,NSAID: I suggest stretching the muscles (look for child pose position online, it's a yoga position that helps open up the lower back muscles), also use ice and heat, 10 min ice, 10 min heat over the area. If your kidney and liver function is normal, you can also use over the counter anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen (advil/motrin) and aleve (naproxen). Natural muscle relaxants are magnesium and serrapeptase. ...Read more

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Pain in my upper back muscle when online 13 hours?

That should tell you: You have answered the question yourself. The body was not meant to remain hunched over like that for 13 hours. It is a symptom that you asked your muscles do do something too long and they are telling you. They are fatigued and overworked. Don't abuse your body like that and you will be much happier. ...Read more

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Can you pull a back muscle from coughing too much?

Can you pull a back muscle from coughing too much?

Unfortunately, yes: Severe coughing can easily lead to other problems including pulled muscle in the back or chest wall. The high pressures generated from coughing can lead to hoarse voice, irritation and more cough. Severe coughing can lead to vomiting. I had one patient who coughed so hard, she fractured a rib. Therefore, it's important to identify the cause of the cough and treat it appropriately. ...Read more