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I think I pulled a lower back muscle, what are the easiest and cheapest treatments to get rid of it and get my back feeling great again?

I think I pulled a lower back muscle, what are the easiest and cheapest treatments to get rid of it and get my back feeling great again?

Heat: Try to heat the area and then passive stretching exercises this will help you but will take a few days. Also could take soaringly over the counter a level or iboprophen but not consistently ...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


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I have severe pain in left back muscle it is also swollen sharp pain in lower extremity. Has been going on for arpund six days. Tried heat and cold?

I have severe pain in left back muscle it is also swollen sharp pain in lower extremity. Has been going on for arpund six days. Tried heat and cold?

See a doctor asap: Sounds like sciatic nerve involvement or a potential herniate disk in back. Vague and need a thorough history and exam asap. Don't wait too long because symptoms could get worse and treatment may not be as effective. ...Read more

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The whole right back muscle swollen out 1 1/2 in. To 2 in. Knuckles on hand are hurting loss of grip. Knees hurt as well, knuckles are swollen too?

The whole right back muscle swollen out 1 1/2 in. To 2 in. Knuckles on hand are hurting loss of grip. Knees hurt as well, knuckles are swollen too?

Have it evaluated: It sounds as is you have an inflammatory arthritis. If this onset occurred suddenly it may be viral. There are numerous other causes, however. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Lower back muscle tear...How long will I be off work...2 weeks later still the same pain. I'm doing therapy and muscle relaxer?

Lower back muscle tear...How long will I be off work...2 weeks later still the same pain. I'm doing therapy and muscle relaxer?

Depends: The extent of the tear, your ability to rest and stretch the injured area, and the type of work you are returning to are important factors your doctor will have to consider. If medications and rest aren't making a difference yet, seek the help of a physiatrist (pm&r) to upgrade your therapy with modalities that speed circulation and healing. ...Read more

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After 2 weeks, I think I've recovered from knee swell n lower left back muscle spasm. What are the concerns if I want to continue cycling?

After 2 weeks, I think I've recovered from knee swell n lower left back muscle spasm. What are the concerns if I want to continue cycling?

Identify cause: There is a reason why you had swelling and back spasm to begin with. Seek a primary care sports medicine specialist to identify the cause, see if it is amenable to physical therapy and potential ergonomics changes to your bike. ...Read more

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What is the best way to consistently strengthen a repeatedly strained back muscle?

What is the best way to consistently strengthen a repeatedly strained back muscle?

Slow and steady.: Strengthening the back muscles is a fabulous thing to do! The stronger your back, the less likely to be strained. Backs are tough to strengthen & you need to see a physical therapist or a good trainer for a daily program. Take it slow! Warming up before you do any activity that involves greater use of your back muscles is crucial. No matter how strong your back is, not warming up, causes injuries ...Read more

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Back muscle stiffness?

Back muscle stiffness?

Stretch!: If stiffness is due to muscle tightness/imbalance a good stretching program can be helpful. Be mindful of your posture in both sitting and standing. It could also be due to arthritic changes in the back. If associated with pain, persistent stiffness, do see your doctor. A physical therapist can be helpful in designing a stretching program once you have an appropriate diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a pulled back muscle

How to get rid of a pulled back muscle

See below: Most minor muscle strains will go away on there own. Heat, gentle stretching, tylenol, (acetaminophen) anti-inflammatories can be helpful for many. Important not to spend too much time laid up in bed as this does not help. If the pain is severe and debilitating, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do for lower back muscle spasms?

What can I do for lower back muscle spasms?

Rest: Rest, ice and gentle stretching. If not effective, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Does a back muscle imbalance cause scoliosis?

Does a back muscle imbalance cause scoliosis?

Sometimes: There are many reasons for scoliosis. It is unknown whether muscle imbalance is part of the reason for scoliosis with most adolescents. Muscle imbalance can however cause scoliosis in cases involving cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, tumors, etc. Scoliois can also be due to arthritis and idiopathic (meaning we are unsure of the exact cause). ...Read more

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Will a back muscle imbalance cause scoliosis?

Will a back muscle imbalance cause scoliosis?

Possibly: Muscle imbalances can indeed cause scoliosis, but more likely to occur in the setting of a neuromuscular disease (muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia or paraplegia from spinal cord injury, stroke in a young person, multiple sclerosis with paralysis, etc). Existing scoliosis can worsen with certain postures & muscle imbalances. It should be monitored for worsening. ...Read more

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Can Xanax (alprazolam) help back muscle spasams?

Can Xanax (alprazolam) help back muscle spasams?

Xanax (alprazolam): It can, as it has muscle relaxing properties to it. However xanax (alprazolam) has a short half life and is intended for panic attacks. ...Read more

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What disease causes neck and back muscle rigidity?

What disease causes neck and back muscle rigidity?

Muscle spasm: Typically if muscles in the cervical and lumbar
regions are injured they will go into spasm
to protect themselves from further injury
this will create the rigidity that the writer
describes.
The symptoms can be helped with moist
heat, muscle relaxants and physical
therapy modalities. ...Read more

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Can a pulled left sided back muscle cause your skin to feel numb?

Can a pulled left sided back muscle cause your skin to feel numb?

Numbness: Yes, any thing that causes swelling can cause numbness of the skin below due to circulation compromise and pressure of the nerves going through the area. ...Read more

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WHat can I do if my upper back muscle spasms woke me up last night?

Stretches: You can try stretching, as well as ice/heat, and anti-inflammatory meds, and topical treatments such as aspercreme, capsaicin cream. See a physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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I have back muscle spasms mostly at night on the left side of my upper back. Why?

If this is mostly: On one side it is probably related to the position you are sleeping in or activity during the day that is leading to issues when your body starts to relax as part of the sleep process. ...Read more

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How do I treat a pulled back muscle? The muscle is on the inside of the shoulder blade.

Evaluate first: While muscle strain under or next to the shoulder blade is possible, you might also have neurologic issues with the cervical spine. You should ask you family doctor if the pain persists more than several days. ...Read more

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I was treated in an e.R. For muscle spasms in my back. What is a more permanent treatment?

I was treated in an e.R. For muscle spasms in my back. What is a more permanent treatment?

Depends: There are many potential causes of low back pain with muscle spasms. The most common causes are related to strain or injury to the mucles and/or structures of the lower spine. While a "cure" often depends on the actual cause, prevention can be obtained by maintaining a healthy weight, good flexibility, and a strong core. See your physician if you have pain greater than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I strained my back muscle right below the shoulder blade what should I do to help with the pain?

Ice, stretch, meds: Put some ice, do stretches to help with stiffness, take anti inflammatory pills if no contraindications and see your doctor. ...Read more