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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?

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

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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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My shoulder hurts every time i lift it. I hurt myself playing football so could it be a muscle strain?

My shoulder hurts every time i lift it. I hurt myself playing football so could it be a muscle strain?

Yes: Could be a muscle strain or other rotator cuff injury, including a tear. Ice about 45 minutes, 3-4 times a day, for inflammation and swelling, never apply ice to the skin, always over a towel or clothing. Gentle range of motion and stretching exercises. See your doctor if persists. ...Read more

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A cremaster muscle strain takes long time to heal?Is it felt in groin?Ive pulled something i know but what's it neither doc/physical exam/usg reveals.

A cremaster muscle strain takes long time to heal?Is it felt in groin?Ive pulled something i know  but what's it neither doc/physical exam/usg reveals.

Other option: A sprain/strain is when a ligament/tendon is injured by overstretching. There may be minimal or quite a bit of damage to it. Inflammation (redness, warmth, tenderness, and swelling) occurs as a natural healing process. The key is minimize further damage while keeping the area flexible/mobile. Ice massage (24-36 hours), elevation, gentle rom, motrin/advil are the keys to maximize healing. ...Read more

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What makes a strained muscle better?

What makes a strained muscle better?

Keep it simple: A sprain is when a ligament or tendon is injured by overstretching. There may be minimal or quite a bit of damage to it. Inflammation (redness, warmth, tenderness, and swelling) occurs as a natural healing process. The key is to minimize further damage while keeping the area flexible and mobile. Ice massage (24-36 hours), compression and elevation are the keys to maximize healing.Motrin/advil help. ...Read more

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Must I keep ice on a strained muscle?

Must I keep ice on a strained muscle?

Acutely Yes: Acutely icing an injured area reduces the inflammatory response/swelling to the area. There is no exact period that defines the acute phase but icing upto 2-3 days post injury is recommended. Afterwards icing following irritating activities (including physical therapy) should be continued for several days/weeks. Heat can be introduced 3-4 days after injury to encourage blood flow to injured area. ...Read more

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What makes a strained muscle over night better?

What makes a strained muscle over night better?

Not possible.: Strained muscle have torn fibers of muscle and connective tissue. You can improve symptoms more quickly than you can the sprain. This is why so many athletes re-sprain muscle. Takes several weeks! sorry. ...Read more

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What can be done for a strained muscle over skapula?

What can be done for a strained muscle over skapula?

Can happen!: Either rhomboid or trapezius strain. An overlooked diagnosis is subscapular bursitis, but you did not specify how it happened, so precise diagnosis is all but impossible. The strains should improve with rest , warmth, over the counter aleve, (naproxen) but the bursitis might need injection. ...Read more

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How long a strained muscle in the midback take to heal?

Weeks: Generally a sprained back muscle should heal within a few weeks or less. Try ice initially, as well as NSAIDs (i.e. ibuprofen, Aleve). Massage and gentle stretches will help, as well as maintaining generalized motion and activity. ...Read more

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I think I have a strained muscle: how painful would it be?

Very painful: If can vary from mild to severe pain. If it is severe see your doctor. If it is acute you can ice it till you see the doctor. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a strained muscle to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take for a strained muscle to heal?

2-6 weeks: Minor strains would need about 1-3 weeks, while more severe ones may take 4-6 weeks, as long as the correct diagnosis is a strain only. ...Read more

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How long will it typically take to recover from a strained muscle?

A few days: Depending on the muscle and the severity of strain, it may take a few days to 1-2 weeks for an uncomplicated strain. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a strained muscle in my arm?

What to do if I have a strained muscle in my arm?

PRICE: Pain meds, --: Rest, Ice the area, Compression/support bandage; and Elevate the part, Even a massage would be helpful. If no better after 10-14 days or if getting worse, see your PCP or better still an Orthopod to ensure there ia no underlying associated injury. Good Luck. ...Read more

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What to do if you have a strained muscle in your arm?

What to do if you have a strained muscle in your arm?

Depends on what you: Are experiencing? Generally one feels pain/soreness, tenderness, reduced range of motion of the neighboring joints, near the location of the muscle. Rice: rest, ice pack, compression with an ace wrap & elevate in a sling & avoiding the specific motion which hurts; but generally as you get better, after a few days, stretching/massaging exercises help. Pain meds like aleve (naproxen) & muscle relaxer helps. ...Read more

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Is my appendix infected or is this a pulled/strained muscle?

Needs inspection: Have it evaluated by a professional to get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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Can a strained muscle sting?

Can a strained muscle sting?

Sure: A strain can involve some inflammation which can irritate nerves and cause a stinging feeling. If it persists or worsens, be sure to get it evaluated. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Rohit Keswani
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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