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Can coughing tear an intercostal muscle?

Can coughing tear an intercostal muscle?

Yes: It's not uncommon to strain or partially tear an intercostal muscle while coughing. Rest and time should heal this. If pain persists, see your physician.

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Intercostal muscle tear? Is that possible?

Intercostal muscle tear? Is that possible?

Sure: Can be seen in athletes who do a lot of twisting of the upper body. Think of a base ball player at the plate. Occurs in weight lifters too. Not all that common but certainly seen

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Effective stretches for strained pectoral/intercostal muscle? Injury occurred 3+weeks ago. Pain is back after light workout not involving chest.

Effective stretches for strained pectoral/intercostal muscle? Injury occurred 3+weeks ago. Pain is back after light workout not involving chest.

Rest/sports med eval: Pain after workout not involving chest likely from increased respiratory volume (deeper breathing) that occurs during exercise. A physical therapist can give you specific stretches/core strengthening to decrease symptoms, promote healing, and prevent recurrence. If it persists, see a sports medicine physician.

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What is best way to get rid of a big knot in intercostal muscle? It's right where my bra strap hits. Side of breast. Is that a common occurrence there?

What is best way to get rid of a big knot in intercostal muscle? It's right where my bra strap hits. Side of breast. Is that a common occurrence there?

Better bra: You may need a massage to work out which eve issue is there now. Consider different bra, properly fitted. Also, see how you wear your purse, bag, or other activity that may influence that area. May need some strength work out to get your back muscles stronger.

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I was shot while wearing a bullet-proof vest. Could I have pulled an intercostal muscle, back muscle or something more serious?

I was shot while wearing a bullet-proof vest. Could I have pulled an intercostal muscle, back muscle or something more serious?

Depends on the-: -distance, caliber & mass & velocity. It can cause this effect due 2 Ur jerk reaction from impact & surprise. B sure U R evaluated by a physician 2 C what injury U sustained.

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I am able to push a small part of my rib (intercostal muscle perhaps?) (to the middle of my body) in and out so it clicks? I have never injured them?

I am able to push a small part of my rib (intercostal muscle perhaps?) (to the middle of my body) in and out so it clicks? I have never injured them?

Probably Normal: Your bone is still growing. You still have lots of cartilage to grow into bone. Hearing a clicking sound while a joint moves (in your case name of joints are costocondral) is normal. Good news no injury. Keep an eye for any swelling or tenderness which could be a sign of inflammation of join. Wish you a good health

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I have smoked for 1 year. Recently strained intercostal muscle due to coughing, & now having difficulty w/ breathing deeply. I also hear a crackling.?

I have smoked for 1 year. Recently strained intercostal muscle due to coughing, & now having difficulty w/ breathing deeply. I also hear a crackling.?

See details: Have you thought about stopping smoking? It will end up saving your life in you do. Otherwise, you are getting a glimpse now of a future of continuously respiratory problems.

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How do I know if I have an intercostal muscle strain or a fractured rib from persistent, deep coughing/bronchitis?

How do I know if I have an intercostal muscle strain or a fractured rib from persistent, deep coughing/bronchitis?

Tough Call: I've seen ribs break from coughing. Can be hard to tell. If it hurts more pinpoint directly over bone the chances of a rib fracture are higher. Intercostal sprains are more diffuse, but they can also be pinpoint. Try ice packs, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen and give it a few days. If not getting better see your doc. If there is any trouble breathing or worsening pain, see your doc sooner.

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Acupuncture and pectoral and/or intercostal muscle strain. Is it effective? Been a month today. Been icing/heating and using all other advice so far.

Acupuncture and pectoral and/or intercostal muscle strain. Is it effective? Been a month today. Been icing/heating and using all other advice so far.

Usually is: I just did a pec on a weight lifter about an hour ago with acupuncture accompained by electrical stimulation. His pain and range of motion improved markedly. Although I normally treat treat rib fractures as oppossed to intercostal strains - it should also be beneficial for that.

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How effective is electro-shockwave therapy in relieving joint and muscle pain?

How effective is electro-shockwave therapy in relieving joint and muscle pain?

About 80%: This can be a very effective method of treatment especially for plantar fasciitis and posterior heel pain. I have about 80% positive results with it. However, sometimes the results take 3 months.

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What are traditional chinese medicine treatments for chronic muscle pain?

Several: Acupuncture is the most well known based on the flow of energy through the body through what are called meridians. Each of these channels have points close the the skin surface. The basic idea is to help restore normal energy flow which in turn helps the muscle pain. There are also traditional chinese herbs to help restore balance or "harmony" in the body. Diet-try gluten/dairy free for 2 weeks.

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I have severe chronic muscle pain w/ trig points that have exponentially multiplied over the past week. Neg MRI and emg. Physical therapy has been of very limited help. What to do next? Dr appt in a few days. What are good questions I should ask?

Refer to answer: We have a big problem with our food. Please do not eat any cereals, wheat, corn, white rice juices, and sodas. Stay away from chicken, turkey. In a week. Most start feeling better. If not better, have your dr do CBC diff, ana<, crp, ccp, tsh, and hba1c. If any questions your dr know how to find me.

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Can I wear a neck brace for 3 weeks for chronic neck muscle pain that hasn't responded to physical therapy or meds?

Can I wear a neck brace for 3 weeks for chronic neck muscle pain that hasn't responded to physical therapy or meds?

Yes you can: Yes you can if it is making you more comfortable. You need to apply heat, and take muscle relaxant. and pain medication like naproxen or ibuprofen. not better get MRI to make sure that there is no internal damages

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Scoliosis w pain mostly in the upper right shoulder and right lumbar area. Back constantly hurts. What treatments will help muscle pain?

Scoliosis w pain mostly in the upper right shoulder and right lumbar area. Back constantly hurts. What treatments will help muscle pain?

Size of curve: Is important to determining best treatment to minimize symptoms. If your curve is small, then extension exercises can help. Also, painful scoliosis should be evaluated by an orthopedic spine surgeon to make sure that no other abnormalities are present.

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Is it possible hiatal hernia and intercostal muscle inflammation can cause occasional daytime hypopnea? Seeing pulmonary monday, but just curious now.

Is it possible hiatal hernia and intercostal muscle inflammation can cause occasional daytime hypopnea? Seeing pulmonary monday, but just curious now.

Yes!: My spouse an asthmatic for 45 years, recently had surgery to repair a large hiatus hernia. Her asthma has cleared! -- with regurgitation of stomach contents there is occas. Aspiration causing pulmonary problems.

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Some nights I wake up because of suddlen leg muscle pain. Really painful and every episode can last days. Fragmentated sleep because of this. Any cure?

Some nights I wake up because of suddlen leg muscle pain. Really painful and every episode can last days. Fragmentated sleep because of this. Any cure?

Muscle cramps: May indicate low magnesium or an imbalance w/potassium & calcium. Please discuss this w/your doc. He/she may do lab work and suggest supplements if necessary. Drinking club soda helps for some folks. Peace and good health.

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