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How much does icing and taking Advil (ibuprofen) reduce recovery time for minor muscle strains?

How much does icing and taking Advil (ibuprofen) reduce recovery time for minor muscle strains?

Not much, but < pain: Advil (ibuprofen) and similar anti-inflammatory medications may not actually reduce recovery time significantly. They do reduce pain and swelling which may indirectly allow rehabilitation and recovery to move forward at standard healthy pace. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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Achilles tendonitis- stretching pulls muscle fibers away from each other, making healing process longer. Do you agree? Healing advice? How long?

Achilles tendonitis- stretching pulls muscle fibers away from each other, making healing process longer. Do you agree?  Healing advice? How long?

Rest and immobilizat: It may take a long time to heal achilles tendonitis because of the poor blood supply to the achilles tendon. Therefore rest, immobilization, shioes with heel lift, such as running shoes, orthoses to relieve stress on the achilles tendon and gentle stretching as well as ice and massage of the tendon are all good treatments. We also use physical therapy from a sports pt. ...Read more

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How can I speed up the recovering of wrist and/or finger injury? Does daily motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) help healing?

How can I speed up the recovering of wrist and/or finger injury? Does daily motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) help healing?

P.R.I.C.E.: Protect, rest, ice, compress, elevate. Ibuprofen (motrin, advil) can reduce inflammation, thus reduce swelling and improve healing. Make sure you give it time to heal, avoid activities that cause pain. Pain is a defense mechanism, don't ignore it. It you repeatedly injury or re-injure it the healing time will be prolonged. ...Read more

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After a sprain, which ankle rehab exercises (done at home) will help prevent another sprain?

After a sprain, which ankle rehab exercises (done at home) will help prevent another sprain?

Proprioception: Id google for proprioception exercises. They are balance type exercises and will help more than anything for this type of injury. Strengthening and stretching will help as well. However, once the ligaments are sprained, they tend to heal in a stretched out position, and you are at risk for recurrent sprains. ...Read more

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Do NSAIDs slow recovery process for concussion?

Do NSAIDs slow recovery process for concussion?

Can you say acetam..: If possible, no pain medications should be taken if a concussion is suspected. If pain medication is necessary, acetaminophen is fine. Avoid NSAIDS in that they may cause further bleeding. ...Read more

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Do muscle relaxers slow the healing process of sore muscles after weight lifting?

Do muscle relaxers slow the healing process of sore muscles after weight lifting?

Probably not: The muscle-relaxing effects of these medicines are most likely the result of their ability to depress the central nervous system. They are also called sedatives. In low back pain, muscle relaxants improve pain, muscle tension, and mobility. But side effects are common. Do not take these without proper directions from your physician as they are addictive. ...Read more

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Just wondering about how long it takes for shoulder sprain to heal, am doing ice, splint, and nsaids and physical therapy ?

Just wondering about how long it takes for shoulder sprain to heal, am doing ice, splint, and nsaids and physical therapy
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Depends: Depends on what the underlying damage or problem really is. If only a strain or sprain then mild injuries take 2-4 weeks and moderate injuries take 4-8 weeks. If not better by then time to figure out why ...Read more

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How to heal knee joint pain quickly? Trying acupuncture plus pt. What else?

How to heal knee joint pain quickly? Trying acupuncture plus pt. What else?

Need etiology: Obviously it would be helpful to know the cause for the pain if your pain is from a meniscal tear and you are active, neither therapy nor acupuncture will eradicate the cause for you pain if the problem is something minor, the usual treatment of ice, nsaids, rest, therapy will likely decrease the pain. Overall , it is always helpful to know the underlying problem to cure it. ...Read more

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Can rotator cuff injury cause back stiffness/soreness? Also after the pain subsides would foam rolling help faster healing along with exercise?

Can rotator cuff injury cause back stiffness/soreness? Also after the pain subsides would foam rolling help faster healing along with exercise?

It can: Usually more so around the upper back by the scapula(the floating bone in the upper back) as this is a place shoulder pain can "refer" to. Foam rolling won't necessarily help with a rotator cuff injury in particular but may help reduce some of the increased tone in the surrounding muscles of the upper back, posterior shoulder that may be affected from a shoulder/rotator cuff injury. Best of luck ...Read more

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How will rice therapy help back pain or a muscle injury?

Doyou mean Rice: Rest, ice, compresstion and elevation, that one way to do it some time you could add medications(mortin), but no response we should change to different method. ...Read more

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Would ice/heat therapy help relieve a strained sternum?

Would ice/heat therapy help relieve a strained sternum?

Try: I do not know how severe is the lesion in your sternum. Assuming is not serious...In general ice or heat (topical) works as antiinflammatory. Inmediately to injuries we prefer cold so if there is any bleeding will stop. After few hours heat or warmth is the most common anti inflammatory but some people prefer cold. Make sure there is nothing else like rib fractures or any other pathology. Part 2. ...Read more

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Can a sesamoid fracture go from intense pain (relieved with stiff soled sandals and Aleve (naproxen)) to no pain at all (no Aleve (naproxen) necessary) within days?

Sesamoid fxs: H these fxs generally become less painful in a short while . Since they can take 6-8 weeks to heal it is prudent to continue with the stiff shoes as well as avoid impacts like running ,jumping during that time frame. ...Read more

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Do I need wear arm sling if have rotator cuff injury and shoulder strain? Is safe take ibuprofen or Aleve (naproxen) with diclofenac 75mg?

Do I need wear arm sling if have rotator cuff injury and shoulder strain? Is safe take ibuprofen or Aleve (naproxen) with diclofenac 75mg?

Ask the Dr: The Dr who diagnosed the injury is the best to ask for recommendations specific to your case - but it's worth trying the sling to see if the protection it provides reduces your pain. The medications you mention do not have reports of problems in combo, so just use as directed and notice anything you don't like. I hope you heal well. See Dr if worsens or lasts too long (weeks). ...Read more

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Achilles tendonitis is better with tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, or aleve?

Achilles tendonitis is better with tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, or aleve?

No right answer: All are pain relievers. Motrin and Aleve also reduce inflammation and are similar drugs. I believe that taking drugs like Motrin may prevent healing of a tendon injury since the body uses inflammation to help stimulate healing. Therefore, tylenol (acetaminophen) might be a better first choice, along with ice and rest followed by a physical therapy program if not improving on it's own. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more