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Doctor insights on: Intercostal Muscle Spasm Treatment

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Muscle Spasm (Definition)

Muscle spasms are typically painful involuntary muscle contracures which can occur in any part of the body, such as the neck, back and legs. There are various causes of muscle spasms such as recent injury or trauma and dehydration. Typically, patients can modify activity, rest, stretch, utilize heat or ice for treatment of muscle spasms. Rarely, patients can also ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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High blood sugars and muscle spasms and cramps treatment?

High blood sugars and muscle spasms and cramps treatment?

Treatment depends on: Whether you are an established diabetic, or just starting to be one, or just sick from other things like viruses and allergies. High blood sugar is usually a warning sign of diabetes, but other hormonal conditions can cause that. Or high intake of sugars. Are you on insulin? or are you an athlete or body-builder on steroids? Need more info my friend. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vaginal muscle spasms?

What is the treatment for vaginal muscle spasms?

Vaginismus: Vaginismus are involuntary muscle spasm of outer third of vagina. Management is mainly with biofeedback and counseling. You should talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for rickets and muscle spasms?

What is a good treatment for rickets and muscle spasms?

Cause??: The most common cause of rickets is severe vitamin d deficiency. Muscle spasms associated with rickets are usually because of low calcium which can happen with early vitamin d treatment. Kids often need extra calcium. With muscle spasms and rickets, your doctor needs to be made aware asap because if the cause is low calcium that may be very dangerous and requires immediate treatment. ...Read more

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What treatment options are available for back pain and muscle spasms?

What treatment options are available for back pain and muscle spasms?

Many options: You need to have a diagnosis first, whether it is a simple strain/sprain, fracture, disc herniation, spinal stenosis.
Assuming the condition does not need immediate surgical treatment, simple first treatments include chiropractic manipulation, massage, traction, physical therapy, acupuncture, medications, core strengthening exercises. If no response, consider injections and subsequently surgery. ...Read more

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Which types treatment options are there for back pain and muscle spasms?

Which types treatment options are there for back pain and muscle spasms?

Conservative care: Generally you will start with conservative treatment such as physical therapy (including strengthening and stretching), as well as anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant medications. Regular exercise, weight loss, improved diet, and smoking cessation are also recommended. Be sure to see a physician first to evaluate whether there is any significant underlying pathology. ...Read more

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Is there any OTC or home treatment that is effective for relieving chronic muscle spasms in the calves?

Is there any OTC or home treatment that is effective for relieving chronic muscle spasms in the calves?

Muscle spasms: Muscle spasms can be due to low magnesium levels. Use a chelated magnesium and calcium supplement to help. Also decrease your caffeine intake and drink more water. ...Read more

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My fiance had muscle spasms b4.On hers shoulders. She is realii fine now aftr getting treatment. Any ideas how can I help her prevent her gettin it agn?

Multifactorial: Couple of ways. First, work on decreasing stressors - behavioral approach. Muscle spasms in the shoulders are often exacerbated by stress. Second, regular stretches and exercise. Third, use of modalities like electrostimulation, freeze it, and warm compresses. Fourth, anti-inflammatories. Always get check with your physician to rule out underlying etiologies. ...Read more

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How can leg muscle spasms be treated? Prevention and treatment while they're occurring. They are so so painful brings me to tears

How can leg muscle spasms be treated? Prevention and treatment while they're occurring. They are so so painful brings me to tears

Muscle cramps/spasm: 33 year old lady with painful leg muscle spasms s/p tibial tubercle transfer and bone graft. Are these cramps in the same leg you had surgery or bilateral?
Severe muscle cramps can be caused by several serious medical conditions and may indicate dehydration, a lack of blood supply, nerve compression, electrolyte problem, or myopathy. Leg of surgery? Call MD ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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I was treated in an e.R. For muscle spasms in my back. What is a more permanent treatment?

I was treated in an e.R. For muscle spasms in my back. What is a more permanent treatment?

Depends: There are many potential causes of low back pain with muscle spasms. The most common causes are related to strain or injury to the mucles and/or structures of the lower spine. While a "cure" often depends on the actual cause, prevention can be obtained by maintaining a healthy weight, good flexibility, and a strong core. See your physician if you have pain greater than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Will back muscle spasms get better on there own or should I seek treatment?

Usually resolves: Back pain and spasms almost always resolve on your own, so it's perfectly reasonable to give it time and try ice/heat, stretches, massage, and NSAIDs (ibuprofen, Aleve). Do see a physician if it's been over 2 - 3 weeks, or if the pain is intractable. ...Read more

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I have a friend who is experiencing hemifacial muscle spasms. What's the treatment for this? Is there any specialist in Arkansas?

I have a friend who is experiencing hemifacial muscle spasms. What's the treatment for this? Is there any specialist in Arkansas?

UAMS: The University of Arkansas has a special clinic for movement disorders including hemifacial spasm. They are the experts to whom your friend might consider consulting. Https://uamshealth. Com/medicalservices/neurosciences/neurology/movementdisorders/ ...Read more

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How long does it take for neck strain & associated muscle spasms/pain to go away completely? What are the best/fastest methods of treatment?

How long does it take for neck strain & associated muscle spasms/pain to go away completely? What are the best/fastest methods of treatment?

Results vary: Assuming no other structural injuries I use 80% Better in 6 weeks as a rule of thumb, reduce stress and massage no treatment is superior they are all equal to time alone ...Read more

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I have a pencillin allergy but was given Cefepime injection to treat UTI. Experiencing muscle spasms since beginning treatment. What should I do?

I have a pencillin allergy but was given Cefepime injection to treat UTI. Experiencing muscle spasms since beginning treatment. What should I do?

Cefepime: Is a forth generation cephalosporin, people with true penicillin allergy (rare) develop less and less probability of allergy with advancing cephalosporin generations. Muscle spasms aren't an allergic reaction, can be an adverse drug reaction rather, meaning: a side effect, at any rate, please convey this information to the prescribing physician, and hope you get over the UTI soon) ...Read more

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Past few days been getting more and stronger muscle spasms in my cheek into my eye on l side mass on cheek what treatment will ER doc do?

Past few days been getting more and stronger muscle spasms in my cheek into my eye on l side mass on cheek what treatment will ER doc do?

Depends on exam: The ERP needs to examine you to find the cause and especially to determine the nature of the mass on your cheek. At your age a tooth or acne/abscess might be the cause. Don't wait. Apply warm compress until you can be seen. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is there one medicine for spasticity and muscle spasms? Associated with neuropathy. Which is recommended??

No: There are multiple medications we use for muscle spasticity to varying degrees of help including flexeril, zanaflex, soma, baclofen, Valium, and skelaxin (metaxalone) just to name a few. Discuss directly with your doctor what would be best for you. ...Read more

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Why do I have awful muscle spasms after physical therapy?

Why do I have awful muscle spasms after physical therapy?

Depends: It depends on why you are having pt. You may have a neurologic conditon that is causing some of your problems. You may have an electrolyte issues such as abnormal calcium, magnesium or potassium. You may just have poor conditioning and the work load you are doing is stimulating sick muscles and in turn, they cramp. Work with your doctor and therapist. ...Read more

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What is the home therapy for muscle spasm of the hips, arms and feet?

Heat.: I would recommend heat to the area for 20 - 25 minutes and then stretching the muscles gently. ...Read more

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TMJ pain, Dr says its muscle spasm dt bruxism. What are good at home treatments to relieve spasm and pain?

My treatment: I am not a fan of today's current treatment for TMJ with muscle spasm and pain. If bruxism is the primary complaint, then a mouth piece may help when sleeping, but they can be expensive. I have treated TMJ disease with success by activating the built-in pain relief mechanism of the skin, with great success. Daily use at home will diminish and possibly remove pain completely. ...Read more

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Bad muscle spasms & pain in both legs primarily in middle & calves. MrI came out nomal. Doc recommends therapy. R they missing something tht it cd be?

Check foot pulses...: Leg pain could also be the consequences of a compromised blood supply to the legs. This is easily tested for in the office. ...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


Dr. Ellen Bondar
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Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle (s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more