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Can a loose and weak piriformis muscle cause pain? If so what type of pain would it cause. Thanks

Can a loose and weak piriformis muscle cause pain?  If so what type of pain would it cause. Thanks

Possible sciatica: if you have problems with the piriformis tendon, it may irritate the sciatic nerve. This in turn may cause pain in the buttock and/or aim down the leg. An evaluation with a good history and physical can help with the diagnosis and treatment. ...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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What can help a pulled chest muscle?

Mike Moore Dr. Moore
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What can help a pulled chest muscle?

Rest & ...: If you are sure it's a pulled chest muscle, over the counter anti-inflammatory medications (like ibuprofen), warmth, and stretching can help. Massage is helpful as well. If it doesn't get better in 3 days with this you should call your doctor. Also, if the pain is associated with fever, shortness of breath, weakness, or palpitations, you should seek care sooner. ...Read more

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Can muscle tension from anxiety cause you to have a muscle sprain/muscle tear/muscle pull, etc?

Can muscle tension from anxiety cause you to have a muscle sprain/muscle tear/muscle pull, etc?

Only part of problem: John, 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

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Can you accidently pull a muscle without tear or tore of the muscle. Can it just be a pain ?

Can you accidently pull a muscle without tear or tore of the muscle. Can it just be a pain ?

Sprain: Yes you can sprain or strain your muscle without tearing it. Especially on a strenous activity. ...Read more

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Can you pull a muscle from vomiting?

Can you pull a muscle from vomiting?

Yes: Then the question becomes "is the pain actually a muscle pull?" if your chest hurts after vomiting, it could be due to acid in the esophagus or other gi/cardiac problem. If your left upper abdomen hurts, are you vomiting due to an ulcer? Then, the pain is not a muscle pull. Call your doctor to review your symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I know the difference between a pulled muscle and a leg spasm?

How can I know the difference between a pulled muscle and a leg spasm?

Duration: Leg spasms tend to resolve quickly vs a "pulled" muscle or strain that tend to take quite a bit of time to heal. The length of healing depends on the severity of the strain. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a pulled muscle and does it lead to swelling?

What are the symptoms of a pulled muscle and does it lead to swelling?

Possible: Muscle strain, pulled muscle, can have swelling depending on the number of fibers injured and the inflammatory response of your body. ...Read more

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What can cause muscle aches?

What can cause muscle aches?

Many possibilities: Commonly it comes for overuse (more than usual activity for you) or new exercise (the muscle is unaccustomed to it). Some medical conditions (like flu or some hormonal problems or chemical imbalances) can also be associated with muscle pain. If you do not improve, call your primary provider. ...Read more

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Could you explain how to treat a pulled muscle?

Could you explain how to treat a pulled muscle?

Heat, massage, tape: This depends on what muscle. In general, heat applications & massage will help to ease symptoms as can icing. Otc medication will help. Taping or strapping/bracing the area can help as well if done correctly. Gentle stretching & mobilization can help. If severe enough, modalities & treatment through a physical therapist will help as time to heal. Prevention of recurrence through stretching. ...Read more

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Can you have a muscle spasm in your head?! and what would cause them?

Can you have a muscle spasm in your head?! and what would cause them?

Yes it is possible: Yes, there are muscles on your face and head and they can go into spasm much like any other muscle. It is less common than other areas of the body such as the back, but it is possible. Insufficient hydration is a cause of muscle spasms. See you pcp if the spasm is not going away. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What can cause an ache in my pectoral muscle?

What can cause an ache in my pectoral muscle?

Any heavy use of the: pec even one lifting episode or pulling a heavy door or object away from U may have caused a strain & now it is sore. Also a blow or minor contusion of the chest wall or again a pulling or lifting episode that goes unnoticed can cause underlying chodrochondritis, which may B the cause. If it the left pec area it could B cardiac in origin. Have your PCP eval ig 2 B on the safe side. ...Read more

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What kind of muscle can cause chest pain?

What kind of muscle can cause chest pain?

Chest pain: Lots of chest pain causes, chest wall muscle, intercostal muscles, lateral chest muscles, smooth muscle of esophagus and if ischemic-heart muscle, the diaphragm may also cause some chest pain ...Read more

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What causes rid of a pulled muscle?

What causes rid of a pulled muscle?

RICE= rest, ice, co-: Mpression and elevate the affected part of the body. Nsaids & ms relaxers would help. After 3-5 days i like to use heat pads. Stretching exercises + ultrasound by a therapist would help. If no better see your doc to ensure proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do for a bad muscle strain, or extreme muscle soreness?

What is the best thing to do for a bad muscle strain, or extreme muscle soreness?

Rest/Fluids/hydrate: Along with rest, it's important to drink lots of fluids and stay well hydrated when recouping from a strain or sore muscles. Being dehydrated will make it harder for your body to flush out the Lactic Acid and other chemicals that cause the soreness. Being well hydrated will also make it easier for your body to heal more quickly on its own. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could induce a muscle twitch (fasciculations) by physically pushing on a nerve, causing a small twitch.?

Can you tell me if i could induce a muscle twitch (fasciculations) by physically pushing on a nerve, causing a small twitch.?

Yes: Physically moving or hitting a motor nerve can stimulate it to cause muscle contraction or twitch but it happens uncommonly. For testing nerves are electrically stimulated. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve the pain from a pulled latissimus dorsi?

What can I do to relieve the pain from a pulled latissimus  dorsi?

Rest: The mainstays of therapy for muscle strain include resting the muscle and avoiding movements that cause pain; application of ice for up to two days after the injury; wrapping the muscle in an elastic bandage; and pain medications (nsaids) such as ibuprofen, Aleve (otc) or Mobic (meloxicam) (prescription) supplemented with acetaminophen. It may take days to weeks to completely heal. ...Read more

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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