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How Do You Treat A Muscle Strain
Ice acutely: I would suggest ice on the affected area to decrease the pain and spasm from the acute injury - about 15 minutes every hour or so after the first few days, moist heat can be helpful to help calm down the muscle spasm and decrease the pain the therapists are best at mixing the use of ice and heat. ...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
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
Rest and stretching : Back strain can be treated with rest, activity modification, moist heat, gentle stretching. Sometimes you may require NSAID medications as long as there are no contraindications to do so such as medication allergy, gastric and cardiac disease. If you are experiencing painful muscle spasm a muscle relaxant maybe required. As you pain resolves you can begin a rehabilitation program. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Chiropractic techniques can relieve pain from restricted spinal movement, often seen in reaction to muscle strain or injury to a leg which changes your walk. A ligament injury (connecting bones, affecting stability) can worsen with chiropractic treatment and set off more muscle spasms and pain. Your response to chiropractic treatment can help guide medical treatment, if required. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rest and NSAIDs: Treat all sprains and strains with "rice" - rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Nsaids include Ibuprofen adn naproxyn. Muscle strains can take 6-12 weeks to heal. This is a large muscle so it will probably take closer to 10-12 weeks. Pain in this area may be from piriformis syndrome or sciatica, a sign of a pinched nerve in your back. If symptoms persiste, see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on tear: This really depends on what muscle was involved and what grade of tear (strain) is involved. Rather than immobilization, gentle mobilization exercises are helpful to prevent scarring and possible chronic pain. Typically, a grade 3 tear, it can take 8-12 weeks to completely heal. Obviously, with lesser injury. Working with a physical therapist or certified athletic trainer can be helpful. ...Read more
Not typically: It can cause low back pain or leg pain. Strains are injuries to muscle from overstretching the tissue, ie from exercises, sports, forced exertion. Think of a group of rubber bands which get stretched beyond their limit. Some will "break" sooner than others, ie a torn muscle. But just standing won't put the strain on it. ...Read more
2-12 weeks: Depending on severity and treatment.Get a more detailed answer ›
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