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How can physical therapy help heal a thoracic muscle strain in back?

How can physical therapy help heal a thoracic muscle strain in back?

Yes: Physical therapist are experts in helping patients recover from musculoskeletal injuries, strains, sprains, and surgery. Back pain, and specifically a thoracic muscle strain, is a classic and common injury for which physical therapy may be beneficial. ...Read more

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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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What is the probability of physical therapy helping a thoracic muscle strain in back?

What is the probability of physical therapy helping a thoracic muscle strain in back?

Make a correct diagn: It is important to try to make an accurate diagnosis of possible. I have seen some patients diagnosed with strains when in fact the cause was something else. If it is indeed a muscle strain, then yes, physical therapy can be helpful. Most muscle strains if not too severe will heal even without treatment because muscles have a good blood supply. If it is not getting better see doctor. ...Read more

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How effective is physical therapy in helping a thoracic muscle strain on the back?

How effective is physical therapy in helping a thoracic muscle strain on the back?

Hard to say: Although hard to quantify, physical therapy can be very helpful for many muscle strains. I strongly recommend it. ...Read more

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Can going to physical therapy for back strain cause other problems?

Can going to physical therapy for back strain cause other problems?

Back strain: Not usually. One must make sure that therapy is more of a hands on type. With back strain it is normall to feel a little more pain when you first start. ...Read more

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I seemed to have strained my deltoid muscle in my right arm. How long does it take to heal and would physical therapy help?

I seemed to have strained my deltoid muscle in my right arm.  How long does it take to heal and would physical therapy help?

Usually weeks: Depending on how bad the injury, it can take weeks, or even longer. Especially as we get older, our risk for muscle injuries and the time it takes to recover both increase. Physical therapy is definitely helpful, as is resting and avoiding activities that make it hurt more. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is physical therapy the best remedy for a back, lumbar strain, and/or sprain injury?

Is physical therapy the best remedy for a back, lumbar strain, and/or sprain injury?

It is a good one: I guess that depends on who is answering this question but it is an appropriate choice & a good one, it is not the best as there are other options including, rest, activity modification, medication, massage, heat and/or ice applications, a simple back support or chiropractic as well as even acupuncture. It is a good way to learn back exercises & correct biomechanics to avoid a recurrence. ...Read more

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Does a lumbar strain ever go away? ive had pain meds..inflammation meds. physical therapy..its been a year and a half since my incident

Does a lumbar strain ever go away? ive had pain meds..inflammation meds. physical therapy..its been a year and a half since my incident

Find pain generator: Strain is a nonspecific descriptor of symptoms, and does not explain causation, or actual source of problems. Consider sacro-iliac dysfnctn, hip problems, pyriformis syndrome, postural and reconditioning issues. Perhaps visit a nearby osteopathic physician and investigate some of these issues, as much if not all can be reversed once diagnosis is reached. ...Read more

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I have a really stubborn hamstring strain that just refuses to go away. I've had two sessions of physical therapy. The first lasted for about 8 weeks and the second was about four months. Yet, it still is not even close to being recovered. Is this som

I have a really stubborn hamstring strain that just refuses to go away.  I've had two sessions of physical therapy.  The first lasted for about 8 weeks and the second was about four months.  Yet, it still is not even close to being recovered.  Is this som

Hamstring Strain: As a podiatrist, I have athletes present with hamstring strains all the time. Since it is a form of tendinitis, I will send you my link on BRISS treatment for you to review. The most common reasons I have seen that standard treatments do not help are hamstring tears and undiagnosed sciatic nerve problems. http://www.drblakeshealingsole.com/2010/06/briss-principle-of-tendinitis-treatment.html ...Read more

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What physical therapy should I do for a torn chest muscle?

What physical therapy should I do for a torn chest muscle?

Physical therapy: Ice, rest are the first measures to take in case of a pulled (torn) chest muscle. Taking an antiinflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen/naproxen may be helpful to alleviated pain/discomfort. Physical therapy should be delayed until it is tolerable. The physical therapist will decide on the techniques to be used. It could be heat/cold applications, ultrasound stimulation, tens unit etc. ...Read more

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Back pain L4/5 bulging discs, physical therapy doesn't help, but sitting on large excercise ball helps. Can i strengthen back/core muscles this way?

Back pain L4/5 bulging discs, physical therapy doesn't help, but sitting on large excercise ball helps. Can i strengthen back/core muscles this way?

Yes: there are a few ways to strengthen your core and take some strain off of your low back joints and disks somewhat - usually the PT can help design core strengthening exercises for you to work on nand progress with over about 8 weeks - however, it is possible that PT in general can aggravate whatever the pain generator in the back is as well ...Read more

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My mom has a degenerated disk in her back right above a compressed disk. She's 54. It's her lower back. Physical therapy just seems to be making it worse. Is there anything that might give her some pain relief? Her muscle relaxers and pain relievers are n

My mom has a degenerated disk in her back right above a compressed disk. She's 54. It's her lower back. Physical therapy just seems to be making it worse. Is there anything that might give her some pain relief? Her muscle relaxers and pain relievers are n

See Spine Specialist: Your mom needs to see a spine specialist to evaluate for other options. Typically if physical therapy and medications are not helping she may need evaluation for injection therapies or possibly even surgery. Pain medications are helpful for a short term fix however she will need further evaluation to really get better. ...Read more

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Upper back pain, worse when tense up muscle. Had for 4 month now. Im 4 weeks into physical therapy pain getting worse. Had x ray. 15 deg scoli. Ideas?

Upper back pain, worse when tense up  muscle. Had for 4 month now. Im 4 weeks into physical therapy pain getting worse. Had x ray. 15 deg scoli. Ideas?

Ligament weakness: The pt is making unstable ligaments more unstable and more painful. Prolotherapy can rebuild the ligaments and stop the pain permanently. Visit www.Getprolo.Com or www.Aaomed.Org to find out about and find a doctor to do prolotherapy on you. ...Read more

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I have painful back spasms. Physical therapy has eased but not stopped the pain. I've had this condition since last dec. X-ray and ultra sound have dismissed internal problems. The pain is in the back muscles on the left side only. Leaning forward seem

Muscle : Muscle spasms can sometimes be helped by muscle relaxant (like soma), trigger point injections (steroid medicine is injected into the muscles), facet joint injections (steroid injections in the facet joints in the rear of the spine), endoscopic rhizotomy (cutting nerves that cause pain and muscle spasms in the back) and epidural injections. I would recommend consultation with an interventional pain doctor. Please see my health guides on facet arthropathy and endoscopic rhizotomy. Good luck! ...Read more

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Having pain in right center breast and top of back had a chest ray good a mamagram good ..could this be a muscle strain?

Having pain in right center breast and top of back had a chest ray good a mamagram good ..could this be a muscle strain?

Could be: Since the MAMMO and the Chest X-ray were normal that is a good sign so far. See your Doc to be safe and they can check your BP and assure it is not atypical Chest pain form your heart with a good History and Physical and possible EKG. If that is all fine too, then most likely this would be Musculoskeletal. Best wishes ...Read more

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28. Can a muscle strain or pinched nerve cause pain for months? Took a break from my fitness routine for a month and still feel it in chest/arm/back

28. Can a muscle strain or pinched nerve cause pain for months? Took a break from my fitness routine for a month and still feel it in chest/arm/back

Yes: When exercising did you feel a 'tear or pull' sensation? Is it chest or arm? Perhaps just persistent inflammation of a muscle/ligamentous structure, or nerve. Is it tender to touch? that would indicate a musculoskeletal structure, as opposed to in internal chest structure. Try stretching exercise, and Ibuprofen/naproxen OTC. If severe, or exertional, or associated w/ shortness of breath, see a Dr ...Read more

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Recurring chest muscle strain keeps coming back. What do you suggest?

Physical Therapy: Have you seen a therapist? If you have not, they can be a great resource that is relatively inexpensive. They could perform a deep tissue massage coupled with stim and ultrasound that can serve to improve your symptoms. Ice and activity modification along with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory may help as well. Consult your local ortho for eval and prescriptions. ...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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Physical Therapy (Definition)

Physical therapy can provide back exercises to relieve tension on discs and nerves in the back in order ...Read more