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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


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Side muscle strain causing pain when breathing?

Side muscle strain causing pain when breathing?

Serratus anterior: A muscle strain on your torso/flank area may be from injury to the overriding serratus anterior mucle. An injury to the actual rib could also cause pain with breathing. If pain not improving within a day or two since onset, you should be evaluated by your physician. Radiographs may be indicated. ...Read more

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Can muscle strain and pain in the hip radiate to thigh?

Can muscle strain and pain in the hip radiate to thigh?

Yes it can: Pain radiate to thigh from hip problem is not unusall. ...Read more

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Slight muscle strain like pain on left testicle area. Checked my left testicle, its not from the testicle. No bulge. Pain comes during erection n sitting?

Slight muscle strain like pain on left testicle area. Checked my left testicle, its not from the testicle. No bulge. Pain comes during erection n sitting?

Prostate Source: Testicle discomfort usually comes from inflammation, not infection. Antibiotics are useful, but alone don't always help.
I suspect you have prostatitis as the cause. Prostatitis can refer pain to the testicles, penis, groin and more.
Increase water intake, reduce caffeine, begin nsaids (aleve) with food twice a day for two weeks. Hot soaks in a tub helps. F/u with md if not better in 7-10 days. ...Read more

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Hye doctor, I feel a slight muscle strain like pain on my left testicle area. But when I check my left testicle, its not from the testicle. Help me~?

Hye doctor, I feel a slight muscle strain like pain on my left testicle area. But when I check my left testicle, its not from the testicle. Help me~?

Referred pain?: Pain from a groin muscle strain or hernia can be referred to the testicle. Check for a bulge. If none is present rest the area with no heavy lifting or exercise for two weeks. If the pain persists or a bulge develops see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have had spine pain in neck/upper back after accident over mth ago. Every dr I've seen says its muscle strain. The pain is not a muscle its spine?

Whiplash: If xrays/mri are negative, then this is a soft tissue injury. The spine includes the bone, disc, nerves, and muscle/ligament/tendons. Very nonspecific term. Nonetheless, it is not uncommon to have persistent pain after a whiplash injury including headaches. Aggressive early mckenzie pt can be helpful along with nsaid's/tylenol, salonpas hot patches. Repeat eval and further studies if no better. ...Read more

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I have upper back and neck pain that does not feel like a muscle strain. The pain is worse when doing standing lifts like squats. Happened for 2 weeks?

I have upper back and neck pain that does not feel like a muscle strain. The pain is worse when doing standing lifts like squats. Happened for 2 weeks?

Disc or ligament: Pain lasting 2 weeks is usually not muscular. A disc bulge, a tear in the disc or ligament sprain are more likely. Avoid any activities that cause pain. Sounds like its time to see a doc for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Healing from muscle strain. As pain improves I've gotten very itchy skin. If I scratch the area that was strained I immediately develop a rash.?

Healing from muscle strain. As pain improves I've gotten very itchy skin. If I scratch the area that was strained I immediately develop a rash.?

Rash: Consider an allergy to any medication you are taking. There is a condition called dermatographism that can do this and often taking an antihistamine intermittently will help. All the best. ...Read more

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How do I treat an intercoastal muscle strain? Swollen & pain. It is in the muscles below my breast. Had clear xray and ct scan so not sure what to do.

Not much to do.: Usually these types of strains are self limiting but can last for three to six weeks, depending on severity. Intermittent cold applications to the area often times eases the pain. Rest and discontinuing of strenuous activity will certainly help. Medications like ibuprofen or muscle relaxants can also help. A trip to your physical therapist may be beneficial in speeding things up. ...Read more

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If I am supposedly suffering from ab muscle strain and my pain went from sore &stiff to a warm/heated/burning pain. Is that better? Its been 3 weeks.

Yes: Muscle strain takes a lot of time to heal. The nature of pain also changes during recovery dependig on how much one uses the muscles that were hurt. Do not read too much in the changing nature of the pain though. Generally musccle strain get resolved after proper rest and excercise. Hope that was helpful to you. ...Read more

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Are there any ointments for whiplash neck pain muscle strain?

Yes: You could also try voltaren (diclofenac) gel, which is an antiinflammatory like Ibuprofen but in a topical form. There are also pharmacies that make combination pain creams that have multiple meds in them that can help multiple causes of the pain. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a muscle strain to cause knee pain?

Is it possible for a muscle strain to cause knee pain?

Absolutely: There are several muscles that cross the knee joint to allow motion and several that attach on the bones around the knee. Inflammation or straining any of them can cause knee pain. ...Read more

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If cremaster muscle strain is causing pulling pain in groin an MRI cannot detect. What else an MRI cannot detect which might b causing groin pain?

If cremaster muscle strain is causing pulling pain in groin an MRI cannot detect. What else an MRI cannot detect which might b causing groin pain?

MRI and: Most other imaging studies can only visualize, when they can, anatomical or physical problems. They usually cannot determine functional problems. For example, if there is scar tissue around a nerve which is causing pain, imaging usually cannot tell where these are. ...Read more

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How long will it take meloxicam 15mg to help muscle strain/ spasm. Luq knots/pain, Dr said musculoskeletal costochondritis but no specifics on healing.

Up to Several Weeks: Medications, like meloxicam, will help the inflammation in many musculoskeletal conditions (like costochondritis). However, like most muscle/joint pains/aches, it may take weeks for the pain level to decrease to a more comfortable level. In cases of bone/cartilage injury, there is a lower blood supply vs other organs to bring the building blocks of healing leading to a longer heal time. ...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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Will potassium and sodium deficiency cause muscle pain and strain?

Will potassium and sodium deficiency cause muscle pain and strain?

Potassium yes: It is very common to experience muscular problems with low potassium but not all causes of cramps, muscle pain or strain are due to low potassium. Low sodium is less likely to be associated to muscle pain and strain. ...Read more

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How do I treat a muscle strain?

How do I treat a muscle strain?

Various things: Acutely, cold (ice) can reduce the swelling and discomfort. Later on, heat may feel better. A short period of rest is okay, but gentle stretching and exercise after a few days is okay unless the strain is severe. Over the counter pain relievers may help the discomfort. If these fail or the pain is severe, see your primary provider or sports specialist. ...Read more

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Could a muscle strain be serious?

Could a muscle strain be serious?

Yes: If the strain was bad the muscle will ruptur and may need surgery to repiar. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have muscle strain?

How do I know if I have muscle strain?

See below: You will usually have pain on motion and the area of the muscle will feel swollen ...Read more

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Can stretching help reduce muscle strain?

Can stretching help reduce muscle strain?

Absolutely: Proper warmup and stretching should be part of your excercise regimen. ...Read more

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How to cure acute muscle strain without meds?

How to cure acute muscle strain without meds?

Easy: Hot and cold water. Repeated change.

works for me and a lot of other people I know.

The secret is very cold and very hot. From my point of view.

But there may be better ways.


Good luck ...Read more

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What should you do about a butt muscle strain?

Rest and NSAIDs: Treat all sprains and strains with "rice" - rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Nsaids include Ibuprofen adn naproxyn. Muscle strains can take 6-12 weeks to heal. This is a large muscle so it will probably take closer to 10-12 weeks. Pain in this area may be from piriformis syndrome or sciatica, a sign of a pinched nerve in your back. If symptoms persiste, see a doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal a muscle strain?

Depends on tear: This really depends on what muscle was involved and what grade of tear (strain) is involved. Rather than immobilization, gentle mobilization exercises are helpful to prevent scarring and possible chronic pain. Typically, a grade 3 tear, it can take 8-12 weeks to completely heal. Obviously, with lesser injury. Working with a physical therapist or certified athletic trainer can be helpful. ...Read more

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Can standing still all day cause muscle strain?

Can standing still all day cause muscle strain?

Not typically: It can cause low back pain or leg pain. Strains are injuries to muscle from overstretching the tissue, ie from exercises, sports, forced exertion. Think of a group of rubber bands which get stretched beyond their limit. Some will "break" sooner than others, ie a torn muscle. But just standing won't put the strain on it. ...Read more

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How long can an interior muscle strain last for?

How long can an interior muscle strain last for?

Depends: Muscle strains are small tears in the muscle. They take 6 weeks to heal, but can take longer if you continue to stretch or tear the area. ...Read more

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Muscle Strain (Definition)

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