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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 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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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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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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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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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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What is the treatment for muscle strain?

What is the treatment for muscle strain?

RICE: Rest of injured area, ice to injured area - 20 min on 20 min off, may alternate with heating pad, compression (ace bandage) and elevation if the area is swollen. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for buttocks muscle strain?

What is the treatment for buttocks muscle strain?

Physical therapy: Buttock muscle strain is best treated with physical therapy, which includes relative rest, ice, flexibility and strengthening exercises. If it does not get better in a few days seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Senior football player with apparent muscle strain to his right lower back including some knotted up areas and fluid. Treatment?

Senior football player with apparent muscle strain to his right lower back including some knotted up areas and fluid. Treatment?

Heat, PT, massage: Muscle knots in your back can be painful, especially if they are big and aren't going away. Some knots may cause mild discomfort, while others may affect your ability to sleep, work and move. Try further exercises, heat pat, or physical therapy/massage. If they symptoms worsen, see your physician. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myofascial-pain-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20033195 ...Read more

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I have pain on my tongue. Some is a muscle strain and some is from a wound caused from a dental scraper. What is best treatment for both Situations?

I have pain on my tongue.  Some is a muscle strain and some is from a wound caused from a dental scraper. What is best treatment for both Situations?

Traumatic injury: is the most common cause of tongue pain. Use mouth rinses to relieve pain, avoid spicy food, tobacco and alcohol. Tongue soreness usually resolves within a few days. However, if this condition does not subside in a week, See a dentist or physician for help. ...Read more

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I have a muscle strain on the outer side of my left thigh about halfway between the knee and hip. It was started by overuse. What is best treatment?

I have a muscle strain on the outer side of my left thigh about halfway between the knee and hip. It was started by overuse. What is best treatment?

Outer hip strain: Rest, ice, elevation, NSAIDS( motrin ,aleve if no contraindications) , massage, possibly muscle relaxant and kinesiotaping.. If knee pain there may be elements of iliotibial band syndrome. .As the acute pain resolves consider stretches. Follow with doctor/urgent care/ orthopedist. ...Read more

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Muscle Strain (Definition)

Muscle strain, also called a pulled muscle, is a condition where a muscle or its tendon is overstretched and torn leading to pain, decreased range ...Read more


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