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What makes a strained muscle better?

What makes a strained muscle better?

Keep it simple: A sprain is when a ligament or tendon is injured by overstretching. There may be minimal or quite a bit of damage to it. Inflammation (redness, warmth, tenderness, and swelling) occurs as a natural healing process. The key is to minimize further damage while keeping the area flexible and mobile. Ice massage (24-36 hours), compression and elevation are the keys to maximize healing.Motrin/advil help. ...Read more

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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Must I keep ice on a strained muscle?

Must I keep ice on a strained muscle?

Acutely Yes: Acutely icing an injured area reduces the inflammatory response/swelling to the area. There is no exact period that defines the acute phase but icing upto 2-3 days post injury is recommended. Afterwards icing following irritating activities (including physical therapy) should be continued for several days/weeks. Heat can be introduced 3-4 days after injury to encourage blood flow to injured area. ...Read more

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What makes a strained muscle over night better?

What makes a strained muscle over night better?

Not possible.: Strained muscle have torn fibers of muscle and connective tissue. You can improve symptoms more quickly than you can the sprain. This is why so many athletes re-sprain muscle. Takes several weeks! Sorry. ...Read more

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What can be done for a strained muscle over skapula?

What can be done for a strained muscle over skapula?

Can happen!: Either rhomboid or trapezius strain. An overlooked diagnosis is subscapular bursitis, but you did not specify how it happened, so precise diagnosis is all but impossible. The strains should improve with rest, warmth, over the counter aleve, (naproxen) but the bursitis might need injection. ...Read more

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I'd really like to know how to heal a strained muscle?

NSAIDs: Such as ibuprofen, muscle relaxers for spasm and Physical therapy for non resolving strain ...Read more

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How long a strained muscle in the midback take to heal?

Weeks: Generally a sprained back muscle should heal within a few weeks or less. Try ice initially, as well as NSAIDs (i.e. ibuprofen, Aleve). Massage and gentle stretches will help, as well as maintaining generalized motion and activity. ...Read more

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I think I have a strained muscle: how painful would it be?

Very painful: If can vary from mild to severe pain. If it is severe see your doctor. If it is acute you can ice it till you see the doctor. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a strained muscle to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take for a strained muscle to heal?

2-6 weeks: Minor strains would need about 1-3 weeks, while more severe ones may take 4-6 weeks, as long as the correct diagnosis is a strain only. ...Read more

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How long will it typically take to recover from a strained muscle?

A few days: Depending on the muscle and the severity of strain, it may take a few days to 1-2 weeks for an uncomplicated strain. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between a pulled muscle and a strained muscle?

Need advice on what is the the difference between a pulled muscle and a strained muscle?

Nothing: Strained muscle can be in different degrees of severity. Pulled muscle would be the common name for strained muscle. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a strained muscle in my arm?

What to do if I have a strained muscle in my arm?

PRICE: Pain meds, --: Rest, Ice the area, Compression/support bandage; and Elevate the part,
Even a massage would be helpful.
If no better after 10-14 days or if getting worse, see your PCP or better still an Orthopod to ensure there ia no underlying associated injury.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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What to do if you have a strained muscle in your arm?

What to do if you have a strained muscle in your arm?

Depends on what you: Are experiencing? Generally one feels pain/soreness, tenderness, reduced range of motion of the neighboring joints, near the location of the muscle.
Rice: rest, ice pack, compression with an ace wrap & elevate in a sling & avoiding the specific motion which hurts; but generally as you get better, after a few days, stretching/massaging exercises help. Pain meds like aleve (naproxen) & muscle relaxer helps. ...Read more

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Is my appendix infected or is this a pulled/strained muscle?

Needs inspection: Have it evaluated by a professional to get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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Can a strained muscle sting?

Can a strained muscle sting?

Sure: A strain can involve some inflammation which can irritate nerves and cause a stinging feeling. If it persists or worsens, be sure to get it evaluated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a strained muscle fast?

Not possible: Strained muscle takes time to recover. Things that accelerate recovery include use of nsaid, ICE, stretching and some formal physical therapy that emphasizes progression from passive exercises to isometric, concentric and eventually plyometric exercises. At the very minimum this could take 4 to 6 weeks. If your an elite athlete it is advisable not to resume sports until healed completely. ...Read more

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What is the fastest way to help a possibly strained muscle in my leg?

What is the fastest way to help a possibly strained muscle in my leg?

Work it: Stretch it out, walk it out. Use hot water in tub or shower to warm the muscle to assist in stretching. Must get off of all sugar. ...Read more

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How would one treat a strained muscle near/on the rib area...it hurts when I cough?

How would one treat a strained muscle near/on the rib area...it hurts when I cough?

Rib pain: Treat cough, with anthistamines/ asthma meds if allergy or antibiotics for infection. For pain try NSAIDs (ibuprophen, aleve (naproxen) if no allergy), take with food/stop for stomach pain. Can try kinesiotape at site or ace bandage (not too tight you have to expand lungs to breathe). If persists consider cxr, and since you are female also consider mammogram if in breast area. ...Read more

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I have a small not that's not visible on the right side toward the back of my neck. It feels like a strained muscle. What could it be.

Trigger point.: It sounds like a trigger point, an area of the muscle that is in spasm and not getting enough blood circulating through it to get better. Take a plastic bag filled with ice (or a bag of frozen peas) wrapped in a cloth and place it on the spot for 10 minutes. Then wait 10 to 20 minutes and then do it again. When you remove the ice, you'll get increased circulation to the muscle. ...Read more

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Is a moderate internal pain central to the lower torso more likely to be a strained muscle or a kidney problem? The pain lasted a few days.

Is a moderate internal pain central to the lower torso more likely to be a strained muscle or a kidney problem? The pain lasted a few days.

Here are some. ..: As long as being tolerable, remaining afebrile, & getting betterslowly but surely day by day, time with patience is the best medicine for now. Meanwhile, recollect the info on the onset, degree, duration, evolution, and progress of the symptom over time, and bring those to Doc for analysis + physical exam + possible tests so to deduce? Dx for proposing reasonable Rx/care/counseling... ...Read more

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Could a muscle strain be serious?

Could a muscle strain be serious?

Yes: If the strain was bad the muscle will ruptur and may need surgery to repiar. ...Read more

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How to treat muscle strain?

Rest: Muscle requires rest to give it a chance to heal and recover. Icing to reduce edema and inflammation is helpful, anti-inflammatories can reduce inflammation and decrease discomfort and gentle stretching can prevent cramps and reduce potential scaring. ...Read more

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Is there a way to overcome muscle strain quicker?

discipline/support: Usually getting better within a few weeks, with proper: rest, elevation, ice. If getting worse at anytime, you should be re-evaluated by your physician. If not getting better after a few weeks, you should be re evaluated. Low dose antiinflamitory medications maybe helpful. However, long term use of antiinflamitory medications may have some risk, that you will need to discuss with you doctor. See. ...Read more

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Neck pain from lifting weights, could it be a strained muscle?

Neck pain from lifting weights, could it be a strained muscle?

See below: Sharp neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for muscle strain?

What is the treatment for muscle strain?

RICE: Rest of injured area, ice to injured area - 20 min on 20 min off, may alternate with heating pad, compression (ace bandage) and elevation if the area is swollen. ...Read more

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How do I treat a muscle strain?

Various things: Acutely, cold (ice) can reduce the swelling and discomfort. Later on, heat may feel better. A short period of rest is okay, but gentle stretching and exercise after a few days is okay unless the strain is severe. Over the counter pain relievers may help the discomfort. If these fail or the pain is severe, see your primary provider or sports specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Definition)

Muscle strain, also called a pulled muscle, is a condition where a muscle or its tendon is overstretched and torn leading to pain, decreased range ...Read more


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