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Low Back Strain Recovery Time
I encountered low back strain due to bending down too low, last Friday night. Still a lot of pain at times. What is the general rule on ice vs. Heat?
Varies somewhat: In general, if you have pulled a muscle and created a spasm; moist heat is particularly helpful to relieve; whereas ice tends to make people tighten up but can help to numb a superficial cause of pain. For some it is a little of trial and error. ...Read more
Have been 3 PT sessions since upper rt. Low back strain. Still gets cramps when I twist and turn. Advice for safe exercise at gym and how long to heal?
Consult with trainer: A certified trainer for a step-wise program for rehabilitation ...Read more
I strained my low back while putting groceries away. My low back is getting better, but now having pain and tightness on the sides of my hips. Why would the low back strain would affect my hips?
You are One Unit:
Your back, your pelvis, your hips (and the rest of your body) is one unit of function.
Said differently, the muscles and other soft tissues of your low back are connected to the muscles and soft tissues of your pelvis, hips, legs.
You should get some guidance (from a PT and/or Physiatrist) how to do a general lumbo-pelvic stretching and strengthening.
And do it for the rest of your life. ...Read more
Sprains and strains: Muscle pain in the neck or back after over-exercise or strain usually worsens the first couple days. Thereafter, symptoms usually improve daily. Healing time is proportional to the injury—minor strain should heal in a couple days, while a severe strain may take 6 weeks or more if a muscle tear resulted. So just ease back until pain subsides. That's your clue to rev back up. ...Read more
See doctor: If your pain has persisted for a while would recommend that you see your pcp. ...Read more
I have a lower back strain that's been there for 4 years. I have grown to ignore it but should I do anything?
Have a checkup with: Your pcp and probably with an orthopod, 4 yrs is a long time for a strain to be still causing problems. It'll be good to have a diagnosis to ensure there is nothing else going on. ...Read more
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Will a lower back strain crack and pop as it heals? It cracks when I straighten my back? Is this ok?
Cracking is ok: But it is not a sign of healing. Just don't over do it and injure your back muscles. ...Read more
Reasonable, yes: Depending on the amount of pain, cause of the pain, and other medical problems, a week of prednnisone is not unreasonable. ...Read more
Is it standard care to try prednisone after lower back strain + 1 week. Ucare dr prescribed but wanted opinions.?
I've had lower back strain from work for 8 months from bending/twisting. With rest gets better. Could this be permanent even after stopping my job?
I think not!: If the pain gets better with rest, that's a good sign. If, when you stop this job, you don't engage in any other activity that's hard on your back, you're likely to be okay. Go to mayoclinic. Org--Patient Care & Health Information--Diseases & Conditions--B==Back Pain for advice on preventing & managing this common problem. Best wishes! ...Read more
I have lower back strain from my job. I've had pain for over six months. How can I get rid of it? Is it permanent? I'm still working my job.
Consult your doctor: We can not say without a detailed history, and physical examination. Make an appointment with your doctor to find the answers to all your questions ...Read more
For the past week, I've had frequent urination. Started after a lower back strain during a workout. Urine test shows no protein and no increased BS.
Needs checked: A back strain cannot cause urinary abnormalities. Either the back strain was not a back strain but rather a renal problem, although there would likely be urine abnormalities. Your are not too young for prostrate problems. Since you mentioned "no increased BS", I expect you are diabetic which can result in eventual renal issues. Needs more thorough investigation ...Read more
Is it possible for stress echo cardiogram on treadmill to cause a lower back strain, sprain, or injury?
Back strain: Running on a treadmill is a typical form of cardiac stress testing. If you were unlucky enough to strain your back, perhaps the amount of your walking and exercise didn't adequately prepare you for running on a treadmill. But given the brief duration of actual exercise on the treadmill I suspect you may have been pretty sedentary? ...Read more
What would cause pain on the side of my hip? 3 days ago, I strained my low back while bending down. No other trauma. What can I do to speed recovery?
I strained my lower back 2 weeks ago while bending down. The pain low back is much better, but now at times, I have pain on lateral side of left hip.
Physical therapy: It possible you strained your hip at the same time and you now notice it as your back pain has improved. At this time focus on core abdominal strength and exercise is important. If the pain does not change the way you walk, limit your activity, and is relieved with rest it probably not worrisome and will resolve over time. If it persists or worsens beyond a few weeks you should be evaluated. ...Read more
Lower back muscle strain. Better to lie on hard surface or bed for quicker recovery? Pain when sit, stand or walk. Bed rest for how long?
Not hard: For lower back pain latest advisory is avoid hard mattress & tend towards a medium between hard & soft for more even support for spine between shoulders & hips; enabling a fetal position, which might be most comfortable. But with this problem, which can be more than nagging, do whatever works to reduce pain. Some like lying on couch with head flat & legs up on farthest armrest. ...Read more
Rest and time: Some rest with activity modification/ restrictions combined with mild exercise and gentle stretching will help. Heat applications and over the counter medication will help as well, ie, tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil, aleve, etc. Over time, it will resolve based on severity over days to weeks. ...Read more
Dull, pulling pain in low back when hunching or bending forward. If pain were constant, I would classify pain as a 7. Is it a strain? What can I do?
Probably: Most likley lumbar strain. Treat with time, core muscle strengthening exercises, massage, NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.). See your doctor if you have fever, loss of bowel or bladder control, pain radiating down your leg, numbness or weakness in your leg, or if you have a history of cancer or IV drug abuse. ...Read more
May be spondylitis.: See a rheumatologist first for labs and X-rays. ...Read more
I am experiencing finger swelling, neck pain and low back pain. The following also describe me: Back pain, Neck strain, Headache. What should I do?
See a doctor: With new onset symptoms of swelling and pain, get an evaluation by a doctor to help evaluate and create a treatment plan for your issues, . ...Read more
After delivery for 1 month, I need to push hard to pass gas. Also pain in lower abdomen with low back pain feels like strain. Panadol (acetaminophen) not helping
See your doctor: He/she will listen to you, perform an examination, possibly order some tests, and see what's going on. ...Read more
I strained my lower back muscles deadlifting. The pain is not sharp but is dull and annoying. How long will recovery take and how can I speed it up?
Recovery from a strain can take up to 6 weeks; take frequent walks, short jogging and drink plenty of fluids. Sometimes ultrasound and massage makes the pain go back more quickly; phase back into light workouts in 3-4 weeks and you should get better without too much else.
Best of luck! ...Read more
I strained my lower back muscles deadlifting. The pain is not sharp but it is dull and annoying. How long will recovery take and how can I speed it up?
In general, most: Back problems get better over time. Rarely do they persist even if they are more than muscular in nature. Most are better within weeks. If symptoms do not improve or progress, then see your doctor. ...Read more
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