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What is a thoracic sprain?

What is a thoracic sprain?

Soft tissue injury: The thoracic spine is the mid back, between the neck and low back. A sprain refers to a soft tissue injury to the spine, usually implying a minor problem as opposed to more serious conditions such as a disc herniation. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-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


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Can you tell me more about cervical-thoracic-lumbar sprain/strain?

Can you tell me more about cervical-thoracic-lumbar sprain/strain?

Basically theses are: Soft tissue injuries that get better with time with usually no long term issues as long as you are not a smoker, overweight and you exercise regularly. However, if symptoms persist or do not improve over several weeks get checked by your physician to make sure there are no other causes which can sometimes mimic initial symptoms of soft tissue injury. ...Read more

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Can icing an upper back injury do any good 2 weeks after the fact? "Thoracic spine sprain"? Also taking NSAID. Still a lot of pain. Thx

Can icing an upper back injury do any good 2 weeks after the fact? "Thoracic spine sprain"? Also taking NSAID. Still a lot of pain. Thx

Icing Can Help: Back Pain can be managed effectively and can be relieved in a vast majority of people, but it will always require diligence on your part with ice/heat, nsaids, exercise, stretching and weight control/loss. For those still having issues it may require treatments (injections, surgery, etc) to maintain relief as well. Recommend seeing a spine specialist if you are not improving. ...Read more

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Can you sprain your chest from coughing?

Can you sprain your chest from coughing?

See below: You can strain the intercostal muscles, which are the muscles between the ribs. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a sprain on your left chest above your breast under your shoulder to heal? I'm 17 and weigh 86 pounds and I'm 5, 6.

How long does it take for a sprain on your left chest above your breast under your shoulder to heal? I'm 17 and weigh 86 pounds and I'm 5, 6.

Seriously skinny!: You are very thin for your size. Unless this is familial you may be underweight from malnutrition. That will make healing from anything way tougher. Please get evaluated as soon as possible. Severe low weight due to poor diet can cause serious medical problems. Decrease activities that cause pain for now. ...Read more

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Hey, I'm 17 and underweight but I have a sprain on my left chest area above my breast and below my shoulder. How do you take care of it in that area?

Hey, I'm 17 and underweight but I have a sprain on my left chest area above my breast and below my shoulder. How do you take care of it in that area?

RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. You can't really do compression to your chest, and it's always elevated except while sleeping. You can take NSAID's (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) to help with pain and inflammation. Time will heal most strains/sprains. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain at my ribs area under my right chest when I breathe. I have not experience such pains before. Could it be a muscle sprain?

I have a sharp pain at my ribs area under my right chest when I breathe. I have not experience such pains before. Could it be a muscle sprain?

Several: Yes, muscles are there and pulls and strains can occur.
But full story is needed.
Fever, chills, cough, smoking may lead toward a viral or other pneumonia and pleurisy.
Cancer, surgery, obesity, sedentary would lead toward clots and pulmonary infarct. Gather your facts and see your pcp. ...Read more

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Non painful swelling on right rib cage around the front middle. Just appeared today. Just had bloodwork chest xray yesterday all normal. Sprain?

Non painful swelling on right rib cage around the front middle. Just appeared today. Just had bloodwork chest xray yesterday all normal. Sprain?

Doubt a sprain: Usually if you have a sprain of the rib muscles and tendons it is pretty painful. If this swollen area is not tender when you push on it, I would just watch it and wait, since the x-ray was fine.
James n. Dillard, md. ...Read more

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Went to the docs as had bad back pain was diagnosed as having sprained my trapezius muscle. Had chest pain for 8 hours, feeling drowsy and light heade?

Went to the docs as had bad back pain was diagnosed as having sprained my trapezius muscle. Had chest pain for 8 hours, feeling drowsy and light heade?

Very consistent: If the doctor gave you a muscke relaxant and a pain pillyou would be drowsy. Also just the stress of straining that large muscle group would wipe you out. Just continue to do what the doctor said and you will slowly get better ...Read more

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I woke up with neck pain and shoulder pain and have had a little big of upper chest pain. Muscle spasm or sprain?

I woke up with neck pain and shoulder pain and have had a little big of upper chest pain. Muscle spasm or sprain?

Spasm or strain: Sprain vs strain vs spasm: a sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament. A strain is an injury of a muscle and/or tendon. Muscles in our body contract and relax consciously and unconsciously. A muscle that involuntarily contracts without our consciously willing it is called a "spasm." if the muscle maintains sustained "spasm", it becomes a cramp. ...Read more

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I went to the ER for chest pain which started with what I thought was a calf sprain. They did CT scan to rule out blood clot, so is it a sprain?

I went to the ER for chest pain which started with what I thought was a calf sprain. They did CT scan to rule out blood clot, so is it a sprain?

Have it evaluated: A person with chest pain needs to be evaluated and treated appropriately. Multiple possible causes may be: heart attack, esophageal reflux, anxiety, musculoskeletal, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, and aortic dissection. Have it evaluated right away to prevent potential serious complications. ...Read more

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Should I ice an old sprain?

Should I ice an old sprain?

Yes: Yes, ice helps healing, especially if there is swelling. If it's a chronic or recurring sprain, you may need bracing or to see your local podiatrist for further treatment. ...Read more

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How can I reduce sprain pain?

How can I reduce sprain pain?

Can you say "RICE": This mnemonic has stood the test of time because it is correct. Rest the area - reduce weight bearing or use. Ice the area - the best early treatment for sprains. Compression to the area - protection reduces irritation and aids healing. Elevation to the area - gravity isn't just a suggestion, it's the law so fight it by elevating the part.

If you're not better in 72 hours see your doctor. ...Read more

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Tell me what's a grade 2 sprain?

Tell me what's a grade 2 sprain?

It depends: There are several different grading systems. Some are supposed to apply to all joints while others intended to apply to certain joints only. However, most have 3 different grades where grade 1 is the most mild and grade 3 is the worst. So, a grade 2 is right in the middle. What that means regarding treatment and prognosis cannot be answered without knowing more info. ...Read more

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What's thoracic output syndrome?

What's thoracic output syndrome?

Brachial plexus: Tos is caused by compression of usually the lower brachial plexus at the level of the medial cord. A congenital cervical rib may be present but trauma can also cause the problem. Pain and numbness especially on elevation of the arm is characteristic, but the subclavian artery or vein may be involved. Thus, both neurogenic and vascular problems separate or together. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a sprain?

What is the recovery time for a sprain?

Depends: Mild or grade 1 sprains typically heal in 1-2weeks
grade 2 or moderate sprains take about 4weeks to heal
a grade 3 sprain which is a complete ligament tear can take 6-8 weeks to heal and might require surgery. ...Read more

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I sprained a ligament--what can be done for this?

I sprained a ligament--what can be done for this?

Sprain: Depends upon location. Generally rest, ice, compression, elevation, some splinting, then slow progressive motion. ...Read more

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What are the typical symptoms of a sprained neck?

What are the typical symptoms of a sprained neck?

Pain: Symptoms of a neck sprain can include pain, limited or painful movements, muscle spasm, and stiffness. Pain which radiates down an arm to your fingers might be something more like a pinched nerve. Sprains usually improve with time, anti inflammatory medications and therapy. Whenever concerned, please be evaluated by your favorite orthopedic surgeon! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Sprain?

What is the definition or description of: Sprain?

Soft tissue: 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 recovery can vary considerably. ...Read more

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Please explain what happens if you don't treat a sprain well?

Please explain what happens if you don't treat a sprain well?

Prolonged pain: If ignored, one may have prolonged pain and possible risk of re-injury. ...Read more

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Can you walk when your foots sprained?

Can you walk when your foots sprained?

May be painful: Try to limit your ambulation and give the foot a chance to heal. ...Read more

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Please help me? What is a sprained ligament?

Please help me? What is a sprained ligament?

A tear.: A sprained ligament represents a tear of the tissue of that ligament. It can be mild (just a few fibers torn), or, it can be severe (completely torn). Ligaments connect bone to bone. ...Read more

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How to tell if I sprained or tore a ligament?

Sprain equals tear: Technically a sprain is a tear of a ligament. There are diffent grades of tearing. Typically 1: just a stretch: 2; an incomplete tear and 3; torn completely. Some ligaments rarely partial tear ie. Anterior cruciate in knee. Some (medial collateral in knee, anterior talofibular in ankle) frequently are graded injuries.
If joint is unstable or hurts really bad: you have a torn ligament. ...Read more

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How do I know if my calf is torn or sprained?

How do I know if my calf is torn or sprained?

Examination findings: You may need to be seen by a musculoskeletal specialist (orthopaedic surgeon). A collection of blood (hematoma) often seen on MRI or ultrasound leads to a diagnosis of a significant gastrocnemius tear, whereas a sprain would likely only be locally painful. ...Read more

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Antalgic pain porture on the left of thoracic?

??: Your question is undecipherable. Would you be more specific about what it is you would like to know? ...Read more

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What's involved in rehabilitation for a sprain?

What's involved in rehabilitation for a sprain?

Motion, ice, agilit: It can vary based on the severity of the sprain. Typically, rehab involves range of motion (sprains tend to stiffen the affected joints), ice (to relieve swellilng), strengtheing of the joing and, in the case of leg or ankle sprain, agility and balancing work ...Read more

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How to stop getting sprained ankles at dancing?

How to stop getting sprained ankles at dancing?

Balance/Brace: Balance the ligaments- stretch achilles and strengthen the peroneal tendons (outside). Brace- stirrup style or lace up ankle brace. No high heels. ...Read more

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What are ways that your wrist can get sprained?

What are ways that your wrist can get sprained?

Many: Foosh. Fall on outstretched hand is most common. ...Read more

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Could needlescopic thoracic sympathectomy work?

Could needlescopic thoracic sympathectomy work?

Micro ETS: Micro ETS is very effective and time tested for palmoplantar hyperhidrosis. Seek someone with expertise who has done a large number of cases. ...Read more

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How can you know if you've sprained your finger?

How can you know if you've sprained your finger?

Pain: A sprained finger is painful & swollen. It is well alligned and it is possible to maove it with difficulty. However an x-ray should be done to rule out fracture. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

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