How to treat muscle strain?

Rest. Muscle requires rest to give it a chance to heal and recover. Icing to reduce edema and inflammation is helpful, anti-inflammatories can reduce inflammation and decrease discomfort and gentle stretching can prevent cramps and reduce potential scaring.

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How do I treat a muscle strain?

Various things. Acutely, cold (ice) can reduce the swelling and discomfort. Later on, heat may feel better. A short period of rest is okay, but gentle stretching and exercise after a few days is okay unless the strain is severe. Over the counter pain relievers may help the discomfort. If these fail or the pain is severe, see your primary provider or sports specialist. Read more...

How can I treat my back muscle strain?

Back strain. Oral anti-inflammatory, oral muscle relaxer, rest, alternating ice/heat. 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...

How do you treat a neck muscle strain --heat or ice?

Ice acutely. I would suggest ice on the affected area to decrease the pain and spasm from the acute injury - about 15 minutes every hour or so after the first few days, moist heat can be helpful to help calm down the muscle spasm and decrease the pain the therapists are best at mixing the use of ice and heat. Read more...

How could you treat chronic muscle tension/strain of the rhomboid?

Relax. A program of flexibility and stretching e.g. Yoga can help. Chronic tension in this area can also be referred from the neck, in which case an x-ray can be revealing. Finally, this can be a sign of general stress in your life. Make sure there isn't something going on in your life that may be driving this specific muscle issue for you. Read more...
Stretch. Because the rhomboid muscles are between the shoulder blades, usually doing stretching by hugging yourself by crossing your arms. Massage therapy, along with nsaid's and moist heat will also be benificial. Good luck. Read more...

How do I treat an intercoastal muscle strain? Swollen & pain. It is in the muscles below my breast. Had clear xray and ct scan so not sure what to do.

Not much to do. Usually these types of strains are self limiting but can last for three to six weeks, depending on severity. Intermittent cold applications to the area often times eases the pain. Rest and discontinuing of strenuous activity will certainly help. Medications like ibuprofen or muscle relaxants can also help. A trip to your physical therapist may be beneficial in speeding things up. Read more...