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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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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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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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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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What would cause pain under left ribs lower left?

Many things: The organs there include stomach, spleen and colon in front and kidneys a little lower in back. Even cardiac issues can present rarely in that area. Could be anything from an ulcer to kidney stones, hard to tell without physical exam. Clear important structures with physician and then consider pain issues like intercostal neuralgia which can present in that area as well. Hope that helps! ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more