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How can I heal a pulled muscle in my lower back without rest / heat?

How can I heal a pulled muscle in my lower back without rest / heat?

Modify activity: Muscle strain or "pulls" occur when the muscle fibers are stretched and tear. These will eventually heal with time and the less trauma you can do to these muscles, the more likely they will heal. In the acute setting, ice and rest is beneficial and as the pain subsides you can use heat. There is no secret recipe other than time and protecting your back from additional stress. ...Read more

Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Definition)

-exposed 2 forces beyond it's ability 2 handle, it causes damage R the muscle. Just like a bruise. It is first a stretch with reversibility 2 recover fully if left alone 4 a while. 2'nd is actual tear of some muscle fibers & need a longer time 2 heal, & can if big enough scar & lead 2 pain & easily aggravated . 3'rd is total tear, which can not B repaired. Also 3'rd can ...Read more


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Ache in my top right side of my back hurts to lift arm I think it's pulled muscle how long to heal and should I not excercise with it?

Ache in my top right side of my back hurts to lift arm I think it's pulled muscle how long to heal and should I not excercise with it?

Tincture of time: A pulled muscle is the presence of "micro-tears" among some of the fibers within that muscle. They cause a certain amount of swelling, which causes the pain. Depending on the severity of the injury and the age and medical status of the patient, these symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks. Allow it to heal rather than continue to injure it with more activation of the muscle. ...Read more

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Did deadlifts 2 months ago & had severe back pain 2 wk. Now mild chronic pain. Get sharp pain from spine across back if do deadlift, no leg pain. Other weight exercise ok.Can pulled muscle take +8 weeks to heal?

Did deadlifts 2 months ago & had severe back pain 2 wk. Now mild chronic pain. Get sharp pain from spine across back if do deadlift, no leg pain. Other weight exercise ok.Can pulled muscle take +8 weeks to heal?

Avoid Deadlift: Usually exercises where you are flexed and having to lift heavy weights will make a disc herniations worse. Avoid bending at the waist with weights in hand and avoid twisting motions as well. Yes it can take up to 8 weeks for muscles to heal and can take up to 6months or longer for disc herniations to heal. Be careful. ...Read more

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How long can pain from a pulled muscle in your back persist?

It depends: It really all depends on if you might be doing something to re-injure the muscle. If it truly is just a muscle strain, if you are resting the muscle if should be healing within a week or two, if there's a tear, it will be longer. If it's been 4-6 weeks or longer and you're still experiencing pain, it's possible it's more than a pulled muscle. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a pulled muscle in your back make it hurt when you breathe?

Yes.: A pulled or strained muscle can give you pain when you breathe because of the expansion of the rib cage, that puts a stress on those muscles. ...Read more

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What's the best way to heal a pulled muscle from rock climbing?

What's the best way to heal a pulled muscle from rock climbing?

NSAIDS, ice, heat...: Pain can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like advil or aleve (naproxen). Follow directions on label. Ice for about 45 minutes, 3-4 times a day, for inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing. Follow this by heat for about 20-25 minutes to help soothe and relax tight muscles. Walking, gentle range of motion and stretching exercises. ...Read more

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Help please? How long does it take to heal a pulled muscle in my neck?

Help please? How long does it take to heal a pulled muscle in my neck?

2-4 weeks.: If it's only a muscle strain, then 2-4 weeks should do the trick. Make sure you're icing and doing some neck stretching exercises. ...Read more

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How can I heal a pulled muscle?

How can I heal a pulled muscle?

Rest, ice, etc.: But time heals. Rest it from the activity which caused the problem. I would take an NSAID pain reliever if it interfered with sleep. Other than warming it, and using topical anesthesia-time! ...Read more

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I was wondering how i could heal a pulled muscle fast?

I was wondering how i could heal a pulled muscle fast?

Muscle injury: 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. ...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