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How can I treat a pulled muscle on my side?

How can I treat a pulled muscle on my side?

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 help. Try not to strain it further for the next 10-14 days. You may get help by wearing an abdominal wall binder or brace (large velcro strap) around your abdomen. If in doubt, get it checked out. ...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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How to treat a pulled muscle in back side of leg?

How to treat a pulled muscle in back side of leg?

First 72 hrs, ice 20: 20min every 4hrs, then alternate heat with ice. Gentle stretching, not min q 4 hrs, gentle stretch, no bouncing. Antiinflamatories or Tylenol (acetaminophen) ok for pain. Resume walking slowly, always gently warm up, stationary bike is good. If not slowly improving over 2 wks, or have a set back, see ur doc. ...Read more

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How should I treat a pulled muscle?

How should I treat a pulled muscle?

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 to fully recover. Take it slow. ...Read more

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Could you explain how to treat a pulled muscle?

Could you explain how to treat a pulled muscle?

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 strapping/bracing the area can help as well if done correctly. Gentle stretching & mobilization can help. If severe enough, modalities & treatment through a physical therapist will help as time to heal. Prevention of recurrence through stretching. ...Read more

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How to treat a pulled muscle.?

How to treat a pulled muscle.?

Rest, ice, time: It depends a bit on what muscle is injured, and the severity of the injury. However, the general treatment for a pulled muscle is rest, ice (20 min on, 20 min off, several times a day), anti-inflammatory medicine (i.e., Motrin or aleve) and elevation (if there is swelling). As the pain starts to subside, you should perform some gentle stretching exercises. Time to recovery may be 6-8 wk or more. ...Read more

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How can you treat a pulled muscle in my upper arm?

How can you treat a pulled muscle in my upper arm?

Ice it 1st 48 hrs: And baby the arm. Then heat or ice after. Use Ibuprofen or naproxen, and/or a muscle relaxant for pain. Starting using the arm more like normal after 1st 2 days, gradually if possible. Avoid the activity that pulled the muscle! ...Read more

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I have pain on my right side of my back the center area. Could this be a pulled muscle?

I have pain on my right side of my back the center area. Could this be a pulled muscle?

Back pain in young: Young patients rarely need further evaluation for back pain as it is usually self-limiting. For mild symptoms, muscle pains are most common. Consider also disc herniation which may cause pain without sciatica. Stress fracture occurs in 5% of the population without any symptoms. If symptoms persist, then see your doc for a more specific evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi I pulled a muscle. Ehat is the best way to treat it? Heat or cold? Pulled muscle

Ice, then heat: Ice is useful to cool things off during the first hours after the injury.
immobilization of the area, such as bandaging is next.
later, heat may help to relax the muscle during and after careful exercises of the injured area ...Read more

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My back is killing me on my right side bout half way down hurts to stretch hurts to turn certain ways feels like a pulled muscle?

My back is killing me on my right side bout half way down hurts to stretch hurts to turn certain ways feels like a pulled muscle?

Back pain: I see many patients with similar complaints in my practice, and it is usually related to a few possibilities: muscle sprain or strain, ensuing arthritis, a herniated disk, or other neurological issue. For those reasons, I always refer them to a specialist. Please seek a consult with a neurosurgeon, or orthopedic spinal specialist. ...Read more

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I have a fluttery squeezing feeling on my left side? Also pulled muscle between shoulder blades on the left side? Are they connected?

I have a fluttery squeezing feeling on my left side? Also pulled muscle between shoulder blades on the left side? Are they connected?

Go to ER: Any chest pain should be evaluated immediately. The pain and spasm in your upper back may be a sign of problems in your chest and any feeling of tightness on the left side of your chest may be related to your heart. You need to go to an er! ...Read more

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I have pain on my right side while breathing deep and coughing. Maybe a pulled muscle what do you think and what can I do about the pain.

I have pain on my right side while breathing deep and coughing. Maybe a pulled muscle what do you think and what can I do about the pain.

Anti-inflammatory: A pulled muscle is certainly a possibility, especially at your age. Try an oral anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen - aka Motrin or advil, or naproxyn - aleve) for a week or two, and see a physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Sharp fast pain on the left side of my back muscle. And it usually shoots pain up and down the same area. It doesn't feel like a pulled muscle.

Sharp pain: Sharp, shooting and radiating pain like that may occur with a pinched nerve. To localize the problem, consult an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Lower ab discomfort/pain feels like a pulled muscle even though I have not worked out in 5 days. On both sides, mostly when sitting up or rolling over?

Lower ab discomfort/pain feels like a pulled muscle even though I have not worked out in 5 days. On both sides, mostly when sitting up or rolling over?

Sounds like muscles: Heat stretch and massage, soak in epsoms salts, get on the floor or on he bed and really spend some time massaging and feeling around to find the culprit muscles. Even get a profession massage. See your doctor if things get overwhelming or thinks get worse. ...Read more

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What are chest pains that move from side to side, like a pulled muscle?

Many options: It could be muscle, lung, heart, kidney, gastroentestinal to name a few. You need an evaluation to clarify the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pulled muscle like pain on my left side above my hip what is this?

Pulled muscle like pain on my left side above my hip what is this?

Strained Oblique: If this discomfort is above the crest of your pelvis it could be that you have strained your oblique muscle, which should be self-limited. However, if this is accompanied by any systemic symptoms (abdominal pain, fever, chills for example) you might have a problem internally and should seek help from a family or emergency physician. ...Read more

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Are lower back pains common after implantation? Lower back, kind of to the side on the right. It almost feels like a pulled muscle.

Are lower back pains common after implantation? Lower back, kind of to the side on the right. It almost feels like a pulled muscle.

Probably wouldn't: Implantation occurs between 6-7 days after fertilization. But there are absolutely no symptoms that are reliably or consistently felt following implantation. 'implantation bleeding' is all the rage on the internet now, but it's highly variable and not reliable as an indicator. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause these symptoms of a pulled muscle on the left side of my chest?

Can anxiety cause these symptoms of a pulled muscle on the left side of my chest?

Nerve root irritatio: Anxiety will aggravate the pain symptoms but usually not the cause of your pains.
Please make sure that you are not over exercising or lifting heavy things. You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor
and a specialist and physical medicine and rehabilitation. ...Read more

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Right side started to hurt on Wed. Felt like a pulled muscle/gas, what could be the cause?

Right side started to hurt on Wed. Felt like a pulled muscle/gas, what could be the cause?

See physician: Since the appendix is on the right side this is on of the things we consider. Get this clarified since this is 5 days ...Read more

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Ok so I coughed an now my left side under my ribs is tense... doesn't really hurt but feels strange, a bit swollen? Pulled muscle maybe?

Ok so I coughed an now my left side under my ribs is tense... doesn't really hurt but feels strange, a bit swollen? Pulled muscle maybe?

Strain muscle: Probably you have a muscle strain-sprain however if you coughed very hard and you have soft bones (osteoporosis)the possibility of stress fx of the rib may be consider. Without pain I doubt it. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a pulled muscle and a slipped disc in my back lower right side of my back. Hurts to move in certain ways

How can I tell the difference between a pulled muscle and a slipped disc in my back lower right side of my back. Hurts to move in certain ways

Back: While both can cause pain in your back slipped discs very commonly also cause nerve pinch type symptoms with pain radiating down the leg. Ultimately, an evaluation from your doctor and perhaps an MRI would be helpful. ...Read more

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I have a burning sensation and pain that feels almost like a pulled muscle on the right side of my chest. What could be some of the possibilities? Thx

I have a burning sensation and pain that feels almost like a pulled muscle on the right side of my chest. What could be some of the possibilities? Thx

Have it looked at: While a pulled pectoral muscle may cause pain and abnormal sensation, it's important to have it looked at to make sure it's not from an underlying cardiac condition. One differentiating factor is the muscle pain is oftentimes reproducible - if you push on it, it will hurt more - whereas cardiac pain may not be. However, without knowing further details - it's importan to see your internist/fp soon. ...Read more

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Iv just started working out. Mainly tredmill. I just have pain in thebottem left side of my ribs could this be pulled muscle or how long should I wait?

Iv just started working out. Mainly tredmill. I just have pain in thebottem left side of my ribs could this be pulled muscle or how long should I wait?

Not long: Pain in the left rib area could be many things. In general exercise should not be painful or cause pain especially pain that lasts more than a day or so. Certainly cramping/pulled muscles could be the cause, but more serious conditions could be the case such as heart conditions or even a spleen issue. Discussing this with your dr would be a good idea to get a better description and history. ...Read more

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Pain on left side of breast and upper shoulder could this be a pulled muscle?

Maybe: Breast pain could reflect pain coming from an underlying muscle, pain of a deflated lung, referred pain from a heart issue... It all depends on your associated symptoms and physical exam... Go and see your doc for an eval. ...Read more

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How can I help heal a pulled muscle on the right side of my stomach?

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 things that help include resting the area, ice packs periodically and non-steroidal drugs like ibuprofen. Depending on how bad the injury is, the length of time to resolve can last from days to weeks. ...Read more

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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