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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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How long does it take for a sprain on your left chest above your breast under your shoulder to heal ? I'm 17 and weigh 86 pounds and I'm 5,6.

How long does it take for a sprain on your left chest above your breast under your shoulder to heal ? I'm 17 and weigh 86 pounds and I'm 5,6.

Seriously skinny!: You are very thin for your size. Unless this is familial you may be underweight from malnutrition. That will make healing from anything way tougher. Please get evaluated as soon as possible. Severe low weight due to poor diet can cause serious medical problems. Decrease activities that cause pain for now. ...Read more

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Hey, I'm 17 and underweight but I have a sprain on my left chest area above my breast and below my shoulder. How do you take care of it in that area ?

Hey, I'm 17 and underweight but I have a sprain on my left chest area above my breast and below my shoulder. How do you take care of it in that area ?

RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. You can't really do compression to your chest, and it's always elevated except while sleeping. You can take NSAID's (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) to help with pain and inflammation. Time will heal most strains/sprains. ...Read more

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Can you sprain your ribs from coughing?

Yes: Ribs are connected to your sternum and your vertebrae by ligaments and by definition, any stretching of a ligament can be classified as a sprain. A stretch from a series of violent coughing episodes can sprain the rib joints. ...Read more

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Sprained ribs symptoms?

Sprained ribs symptoms?

Pain: Pain to touch, pain with movement, pain with deep inspiration, coughing, sneezing. Can even have radiating pain (for e.g., pain in the mid back). ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain at my ribs area under my right chest when i breathe.. I have not experience such pains before. Could it be a muscle sprain?

I have a sharp pain at my ribs area  under my right chest when i breathe.. I have not experience such pains before. Could it be a muscle sprain?

Several: Yes, muscles are there and pulls and strains can occur. But full story is needed. Fever, chills, cough, smoking may lead toward a viral or other pneumonia and pleurisy. Cancer, surgery, obesity, sedentary would lead toward clots and pulmonary infarct. Gather your facts and see your pcp. ...Read more

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Non painful swelling on right rib cage around the front middle.Just appeared today.Just had bloodwork chest xray yesterday all normal.Sprain?

Non painful swelling on right rib cage around the front middle.Just appeared today.Just had bloodwork chest xray yesterday all normal.Sprain?

Doubt a sprain: Usually if you have a sprain of the rib muscles and tendons it is pretty painful. If this swollen area is not tender when you push on it, i would just watch it and wait, since the x-ray was fine. James n. Dillard, md. ...Read more

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4/10 pain on right flank, along mid ribs. Deep inhalation and lying down hurts 8/10. Slept on futon and carried duffel day before. Muscle sprain?

Might be..: It sounds like you might have sprained your side muscles or rib cage. Ice the area and take anti inflammatory meds( like ibuprofen )if you are not allergic in order to improve symptoms. However,if you develop abdominal pain, urinary abnormalities, trouble breathing, then it might not be related to a strain and then you would need immediate evaluation. If this happens go to urgent care clinic. ...Read more

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Can you sprain your chest from coughing?

See below: You can strain the intercostal muscles , which are the muscles between the ribs. ...Read more

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Went to the docs as had bad back pain was diagnosed as having sprained my trapezius muscle. Had chest pain for 8 hours, feeling drowsy and light heade?

Went to the docs as had bad back pain was diagnosed as having sprained my trapezius muscle. Had chest pain for 8 hours, feeling drowsy and light heade?

Very consistent: If the doctor gave you a muscke relaxant and a pain pillyou would be drowsy. Also just the stress of straining that large muscle group would wipe you out. Just continue to do what the doctor said and you will slowly get better ...Read more

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I woke up with neck pain and shoulder pain and have had a little big of upper chest pain.Muscle spasm or sprain?

I woke up with neck pain and shoulder pain and have had a little big of upper chest pain.Muscle spasm or sprain?

Spasm or strain: Sprain vs strain vs spasm: a sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament. A strain is an injury of a muscle and/or tendon. Muscles in our body contract and relax consciously and unconsciously. A muscle that involuntarily contracts without our consciously willing it is called a "spasm." if the muscle maintains sustained "spasm", it becomes a cramp. ...Read more

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I went to the ER for chest pain which started with what i thought was a calf sprain. They did CT scan to rule out blood clot, so is it a sprain?

I went to the ER for chest pain which  started with what i thought was a calf sprain. They did CT scan to rule out blood clot, so is it a sprain?

Have it evaluated: A person with chest pain needs to be evaluated and treated appropriately. Multiple possible causes may be: heart attack, esophageal reflux, anxiety, musculoskeletal, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, and aortic dissection. Have it evaluated right away to prevent potential serious complications. ...Read more

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My left rib hurt off and on?

My left rib hurt off and on?

Osteochonritis: The rib is not bony all the way it attac to the sternum by mens of cartilage , a lot of time that cunction get inflamed and cause the pain, off and on.Some time could acute and some time turn to chrnic conditon.I t happen with people who suffer from asmtha, wieght leffting and other cause. Be carefull some time pain in that area could be heart problems? ...Read more

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What could cause pain in rib / left chest?

What could cause pain in rib / left chest?

Costochondritis: Musculoskeletal injury or inflammation involving rib or muscle can cause pain. Anterior rib inflammation or costochondritis is viral. Bruises from physical activity can cause pain. Chest radiographs are usually negative. Inflammation of lining of lungs pleuritis mimics rib pain. Costochondritis usually subsides on own. Dx of costochondritis is by physical examination. See physician, . ...Read more

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Pain under left side of ribs what can it be?

Pain under left side of ribs what can it be?

It depends,,,: This could be pneumothorax, where air gets in the space between your lungs and the chest wall, it could be a pulled muscle in your chest wall, or it could be a broken rib, among other things. Pneumothorax occurs often in young, slender males, but it gets worse fast and is an emergency, and a broken rib usually is due to trauma. If you have these issues, see your dr. Asap. ...Read more

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What might cause pain under left side of ribs?

What might cause pain under left side of ribs?

Pain below ribs.: Causes of left upper abdominal pain include but are not limited to: angina, heart attack, pneumonia, injury, enlarged spleen, ruptured spleen, pancreatitis, infection / abscess of the spleen, renal infection or stone, aortic aneurysm, cancer, shingles and obstipation. The only way to know for sure is through medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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What might cause pain on left side below ribs?

What might cause pain on left side below ribs?

Left Upper abd pain.: Causes of left upper abdominal pain include but are not limited to: angina, heart attack, pneumonia, injury, enlarged spleen, ruptured spleen, pancreatitis, infection / abscess of the spleen, renal infection or stone, aortic aneurysm, cancer, shingles and obstipation. It is best to have chronic abdominal pain evaluated. Severe abdominal pain = er. ...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