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Best Thing For A Pulled Back Muscle
See below: Most minor muscle strains will go away on there own. Heat, gentle stretching, tylenol, (acetaminophen) anti-inflammatories can be helpful for many. Important not to spend too much time laid up in bed as this does not help. If the pain is severe and debilitating, see your doctor. ...Read more
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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Pulled back muscle 4 days ago, improving but now I have sharp pinch-like pain in 1 shoulder. Could it just be because I was compensating for back?
Possibly: If it is compensatory, it should improve as the back improves. If it does not you may need to be evaluated. ...Read more
Pulled back muscle 3 years ago in the gym. Have been doin physio to no avail. Back pain persists in the lower and middle back. Feel fatigue?
See below: There are many causes of low back pain. The most common cause is usually related to degenerative changes to the discs or joints of the lower spine. It is common for this type of arthritis to be worse in the morning and improve throughout the day. If your pain lasts greater than 2 weeks be sure to see your physician. ...Read more
Think I overused arm while letting pulled back muscle heal & now sharp pain in front of 1 shoulder with moving arm. What is this & will icy hot help?
See below: This may be related to tendonitis or bursitis. You will probably want to see your physician if your pain is lasting greater than 2 weeks. Initially a short course of rest, ice, and compression will usually calm the pain down. If this does not help your physician may prescribe anti-inflammatories and physical therapy. ...Read more
Pulled back muscle. Added nsaid ice muscle relaxer. Pain now worst going to hip and down leg. Hard to walk at times. Pulled or torn?
Use condom and bcp. Sex 2 days before period, got period. Pulled back muscle, on ibuprofen. Have abdominal pain comes on suddenly. Preg? Nxt period 5 days
Pregnancy unlikely: However, it can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. An doctor can evaluate any persistent or worrisome symptoms. ...Read more
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
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
Last week I think I pulled a back muscle and it is still bothering me. How long should I not stress it? I.e.working out
It can take up to: 6 weeks to fully heal. Pay attention to proper body mechanics, you can take NSAIDs if you have no contraindication to this like ulcer history etc. (ask your doctor), avoid strenuous activities till pain starts subsiding. No heavy lifting until then, if symptoms worsen, or persist after 4 weeks, or if you start experiencing weakness, numbness or tingling, then go see your doctor. ...Read more
Have never pulled a back muscle, but think maybe I just did last night. Center of middle back. How to tell if pulled, and what can I do to fix it?
Slow and steady.: Strengthening the back muscles is a fabulous thing to do! The stronger your back, the less likely to be strained. Backs are tough to strengthen & you need to see a physical therapist or a good trainer for a daily program. Take it slow! Warming up before you do any activity that involves greater use of your back muscles is crucial. No matter how strong your back is, not warming up, causes injuries ...Read more
What are the best workouts to strengthen the lower traps? I am a baseball player and currently lacking the back muscle strength to increase velocity
Strengthen traps: I would talk to your coach and trainer as they know what muscles you may need to work on. ...Read more
I pulled my lower back muscle on my right side in football. How long will it take to completely heal.?
2-6 weeks: Depending on the severity of the injury. ...Read more
I was shot while wearing a bullet-proof vest. Could I have pulled an intercostal muscle, back muscle or something more serious?
Depends on the-: -distance, caliber & mass & velocity. It can cause this effect due 2 Ur jerk reaction from impact & surprise. B sure U R evaluated by a physician 2 C what injury U sustained. ...Read more
I think I pulled a lower back muscle, what are the easiest and cheapest treatments to get rid of it and get my back feeling great again?
Heat: Try to heat the area and then passive stretching exercises this will help you but will take a few days. Also could take soaringly over the counter a level or iboprophen but not consistently ...Read more
Strained lower back muscle in left side pain is intense so what is the best regime for it been out of work for 4 days with this?
Depends call Dr.: I see you are on a muscle relaxer and pain killer. Are you also on a NSAID. An anti inflammatory? You may want to try a topical patch like Flector patch (diclofenac) and or Lidoderm patch they require prescriptions. Physical therapy can be very helpful. Modalities like ice and heat, tissue massage, Tens machine and hands on treatment regiments from the PT can help. Keep moving unless directed not to. ...Read more
Found lump under skin in rip cage 8 mo. Ago now cluster of 3. Pain free for 5 months till pulled left side and back muscle. Lumps seem agitated now.
Lipoma: Most commonly lipoma, benign fatty tumor, are seen under the skin of the rib cage/abdomen. They are mobile, well demarcated with the overlying skin being intact. May get painful, though. ...Read more
Lower back muscle ache from being in the gym. Can't seem to shake this pulled muscle. Going on 6 weeks. What's your recommendation for a fix?
See your provider: See your provider as you may need some prescription antiinflammatories and some muscle relaxants. In addition you may need physical therapy to strengthen your back. If possible you should stay active as bed rest can make things worse. No heavy lifting or twisting however. If you have numbness and tingling into your lower extremities you may have a herniated disc. ...Read more
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
See below: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more
1-3 weeks: It depends on the severity of the strain. Figure 1-3 weeks. ...Read more
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
Should resolve: Most flares of back pain resolve within a few weeks. Nsaids, heat/ice, stretching, chiro or pt treatments are all indicated. Xrays should be considered if there is concern for osteoporosis (post-menopausal, steroid medication history, thin, white, smoker) and if you are very tender over the spinal bones. Otherwise, imaging only needed if you develop sciatica or other neurological issue. ...Read more
LED light relief: There is a product called lightrelief which works with combination of blue light cools, red light improves blood flow and infrared waves antiinflammatory treatment is 45 min twice or three times a day. Muscle injury responds ot bromelain, lecithin, efa, glutamine, local capsaicin patch, and apply muscle rub cream locally apply kinesio tape on top without streching to support the area. ...Read more
It depends: It really depends on how much time you took off and how fit you were before the break. Muscle memory can be relatively slow if you took a long break. Most people push too hard to come back quickly and get hurt so just listen to your body and be consistent with your workouts. It will return ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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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