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Remedies For Back Muscle Sprain
Is there a difference between a muscle strain and sprain? What is the treatment for both? I injured my thigh muscle working out.
Difference: A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament. A strain is an injury to a muscle and/or tendons. Rest, ice, compression and elevation are used to address both types of injuries(for the most part.) But the nuance of treatment really depends on the exact nature of your injury. ...Read more
-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
Stretch, heat, meds: Alternate applying moist heat and ice to your back, otc topical anti-inflammatory creams, otc Motrin and/or tylenol (acetaminophen) and stretching exercises. If you back pain persists despite trying anyone or all of these, you should see your md/do. If you have fevers, chills, weight loss, bowel or bladder incontinence, leg weakness, numbness or tingling, or if you are over 55 or have fallen lately, see your md. ...Read more
Rest and stretching : Back strain can be treated with rest, activity modification, moist heat, gentle stretching. Sometimes you may require NSAID medications as long as there are no contraindications to do so such as medication allergy, gastric and cardiac disease. If you are experiencing painful muscle spasm a muscle relaxant maybe required. As you pain resolves you can begin a rehabilitation program. ...Read more
Diagnosed with a muscle sprain in lower back 3 weeks ago, lower back still hurts and aches on the right side. Is this normal? Will pain subside?
What types of stretches/exercises are good for relieving sciatica caused by a mild lower back muscle strain?
Core Exercises: Typically, core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try to google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more
Upper-back muscle strain after 2 month of rest still not cured. Pain and a small swallowed bumb in the area of injury. What shall I do?
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 the 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
I am suffering shoulder blade pain, my doctor said its upper back muscle strain, last throughout the day but better after hot bath how to alleviate?
Left side back muscle strain feeling btr w/ muscle rub, large knot. Better now, but have a numb/tingle feeling under left breast on rib cage to back?
Senior football player with apparent muscle strain to his right lower back including some knotted up areas and fluid. Treatment?
Heat, PT, massage: Muscle knots in your back can be painful, especially if they are big and aren't going away. Some knots may cause mild discomfort, while others may affect your ability to sleep, work and move. Try further exercises, heat pat, or physical therapy/massage. If they symptoms worsen, see your physician. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myofascial-pain-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20033195 ...Read more
See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
Buttocks: Pain, soreness with motion of the gluteus muscles implies a strain there. ...Read more
A sprain is abnormal stretching or tearing of a ligament that supports a joint.
Rice (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) are the keys to treatment.
Most sprains and strains resolve with time, but occasionally other treatment, including physical therapy and surgery, may be required.
Anti-inflammatory medications may be helpful in decreasing the pain and inflammation of the injury. ...Read more
It really depends : It really depends on your age, severity of strain and the treatment — like rest, therapy, etc. ...Read more
Charley horse: When the muscle is sprain badly enough the muscle tissue can be torn or damaged enough to result in spasms. Careful management is necessary with attention to avoid more serious damage. There may be rupture of the muscles or tendons or damage to structures of the joints. A thorough medical evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more
Strain: If truly a strain, it depends upon severity: a few days up to a month. If pain not going away, check for disc or postural problems. ...Read more
No miracle cure.: Give it some time.... It may take longer than two day. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Joints can sprain: A muscle "strain" is when muscle fibers get stretched too far and/or some fibers tear. People generally call it a tear if enough fibers break, leading to some bleeding and swelling inside the muscle, resolving later with some healed scar tissue and some tightness in the area (less elastic). A joint sprains when its ligaments (whitish fibers) are stretched too far and break. Muscles don't "sprain". ...Read more
Rephraise question: I do not understand what you are asking. ...Read more
Protect- the injured limb
rest- the injured limb
ice- 15-20 minutes to get that deep numb, 2-3 times a day.
Compression- wrap the injured limb to heal swelling.
Elevate-limb to relieve swelling.
Mobility- once the limb is not painful, get it moving around. ...Read more
Depends: If it has been recommended by your doctor I would have it. ...Read more
Full motion- no pain: Muscle control motion across joints. A strain represents a local injury to part or all of a muscle belly. Motion is usually somewhat limited after a significant strain due to pain with stretching of the injured muscle belly. Once the strained muscle is painfree to touch (palpation) and the arc of motion controlled by the injured muscle returns to normal, you can begin exercising that muscle group. ...Read more
Only part of problem:
While anxiety can increase muscle tone, this is not likely the biggest reason for a tear. More likely the injured muscle was tight from lack of stretching, or even over-stretching/weakness. A muscle tear or sprain is diagnosed through a physical exam by a doctor and confirmed with an MRI. Although if the pain improves spontaneously an MRI often will not alter the treatment plan. ...Read more
Xray: Xray could pick up a fracture but not always. Could be hard to differentiate. Either way should get better with immobilization, ice. ...Read more
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
A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more