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Doctor insights on: How To Heal A Strained Back Muscle

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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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What is the best way to consistently strengthen a repeatedly strained back muscle?

What is the best way to consistently strengthen a repeatedly strained back muscle?

Slow and steady.: Strengthening the back muscles is a fabulous thing to do! The stronger your back, the less likely to be strained. Backs are tough to strengthen & you need to see a physical therapist or a good trainer for a daily program. Take it slow! Warming up before you do any activity that involves greater use of your back muscles is crucial. No matter how strong your back is, not warming up, causes injuries ...Read more

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I strained my back muscle right below the shoulder blade what should I do to help with the pain?

I strained my back muscle right below the shoulder blade what should I do to help with the pain?

Ice, stretch, meds: Put some ice, do stretches to help with stiffness, take anti inflammatory pills if no contraindications and see your doctor. ...Read more

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Strained lower back muscle in left side pain is intense so what is the best regime for it been out of work for 4 days with this?

Depends call Dr.: I see you are on a muscle relaxer and pain killer. Are you also on a NSAID. An anti inflammatory? You may want to try a topical patch like Flector patch (diclofenac) and or Lidoderm patch they require prescriptions. Physical therapy can be very helpful. Modalities like ice and heat, tissue massage, Tens machine and hands on treatment regiments from the PT can help. Keep moving unless directed not to. ...Read more

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If I strain my back muscle on my left side could this affect my right side? Like the right becomes tighter or is this cause by something else?

If I strain my back muscle on my left side could this affect my right side? Like the right becomes tighter or is this cause by something else?

Depends: This depends on where and how you strained your Left side of your back, and how much pain and muscle spasm you have with the injury. Heat, tens stimulation, massage, rest, and if severe, muscle relaxants and anxiolytics can help the recovery. Make sure you see a sports med ortho doc, rehab doc, chiropractor, PT/OT, acupuncturist, or whatever combination you think will help the most... ...Read more

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I strained my upper back muscle by workout more than a month ago, rested for 3 weeks but there is still a small painful knot there, how to fix it?

Back pain: In a young person is usually of musculoskeletal origin. You may try to return to exercise and avoid painful activities. If the pain still doesn't resolve you may want to seek medical attention for some manual therapy from an osteopathic physician, physical therapist, etc. ...Read more

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How can i treat my back muscle strain?

How can  i treat my back muscle strain?

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 more

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What types of stretches/exercises are good for relieving sciatica caused by a mild lower back muscle strain?

What types of stretches/exercises are good for relieving sciatica caused by a mild lower back muscle strain?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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Upper-back muscle strain after 2 month of rest still not cured. Pain and a small swallowed bumb in the area of injury. What shall i do?

Upper-back muscle strain after 2 month of rest still not cured. Pain and a small swallowed bumb in the area of injury. What shall i do?

Bump: If rest was all you tried and it has not resolved then you should now see your doctor and he may perhaps send you to pt/massage. A trigger injection may be of benefit depending on what it is. ...Read more

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Lower back muscle strain. Better to lie on hard surface or bed for quicker recovery? Pain when sit, stand or walk. Bed rest for how long?

Not hard: For lower back pain latest advisory is avoid hard mattress & tend towards a medium between hard & soft for more even support for spine between shoulders & hips; enabling a fetal position, which might be most comfortable. But with this problem, which can be more than nagging, do whatever works to reduce pain. Some like lying on couch with head flat & legs up on farthest armrest. ...Read more

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