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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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Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Definition)

-exposed 2 forces beyond it's ability 2 handle, it causes damage R the muscle. Just like a bruise. It is first a stretch with reversibility 2 recover fully if left alone 4 a while. 2'nd is actual tear of some muscle fibers & need a longer time 2 heal, & can if big enough scar & lead 2 pain & easily aggravated . 3'rd is total tear, which can not B repaired. Also 3'rd can ...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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I'd really like to know how to heal a strained muscle?

I'd really like to know how to heal a strained muscle?

Rest, Ice, NSAIDs: Strained muscles rarely require any type of surgery as they typically heal over a period of 2 weeks to 2 months depending on the severity. Treatment includes avoidance of aggravating activites until pain is gone. Ice/heat, gentle stretching, over the counter antiinflammatories, and ultimately a slow, gradual, controlled progression back to activities as symptoms improve. ...Read more

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