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I think I tore or ripped a muscle in my abs. I am not sure what to do. It hurts so much! I can't stand up straight, or stretch without it hurting. A friend said it is just overstretched and will heal in a week, but I don't know.

Muscle Strain

A muscle strain (also called a pulled muscle) occurs when a muscle is suddenly pulled or twisted, causing a tiny tear. Healing usually takes about 1 to 2 weeks.
Apply ice to the injury for 15 to 20 minutes each hour for the first 1 to 2 days. Put the ice in a plastic bag and place a towel between the bag of ice and your skin.
After the first one to two days, you may put heat on the injury to help ease the pain. Use a heating pad (set on low), a whirlpool bath, or warm, moist towels for 15 to 20 minutes every hour for 48 hours.
Do not use the pulled muscle for 2 to 3 days, or while you still have pain.

The right side of my back and just around under my breast and down my right arm feels like it is on fire most of the time at the end of the day and throughout the night..This has been this way for almost 3 months now and it doesn`t seem to go away....There is no rash or anything that I can see but i

Arm Burning Sensation

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Arm burning sensation as a symptom:
Diabetes, Cerebrovascular accident, Peripheral artery disease, Peripheral neuropathy, Peripheral nerve trauma,
Peripheral nerve compression

I have herniated disc, what are the yoga exercises for that?

Yoga For Injuries

The practice of Yoga can be helpful to diagnosed disc problems after the acute stage has passed.
Asanas can tone your back muscles, make it more flexible, alleviate pain and improve your posture.
Symptoms of a herniated disc include: pain in back and/or leg; stiffness, numbness, weakness or tingling in leg or back; and/or shooting pain down leg. With a posterior (backside) disc herniation, back bends will help reduce inflammation and help press the nucleus back into the disk. You want to choose back bends that focus on the low back like cobra, camel, and bridge pose. Forward bends are contraindicated.

I hurt my back some 12 weeks ago falling backwards from a faulty chair. I was initially diagnosed with back strain/sprain I have had x-rays, CT scans and an MRI which has failed to show a problem. However my back still hurts. What would be the next step for me? The specialist is talking about in

Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy

IDET therapy is a new and minimally invasive procedure for treating pain due to disc degeneration. The technique involves delivering controlled levels of thermal energy (heat) to a section of a degenerated disc through a fine wire. This heat causes contraction and thickening of the disc wall, resulting in contraction or closure of disc fissures (small tears).

Since my hysterectomy (complete) I have experienced backpain mostly in my lower back and I would like to know if my surgery could have caused my back pain since I have not had any back pain previously? I have always been active and I am retired military of 30 years and never had any operations or i

Back Pain after the Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy could be a reason for your back pain. After that operation, your abdominal muscles do not work as before. Posture is changed and your back hurts. Visit physiotherapists who will advice you how to adjust muscles and posture in new way.

I get severe back pain, between my hips, with muscle spasms going up my back. I wake up several times throughout the night from pain and muscle spasms in my lower to mid back and sometimes my legs have fallen asleep, and the pain and spasms can be so bad that it hurts too much to even move my arms

Severe Back Pain

The most common cause of true sciatica is a "slipped disc". The discs (or inter-vertebral discs) are the cushions which separate the bones of the spine (vertebrae).
Treatment of ongoing back problems must be directed at the cause. This may mean losing weight (because being overweight can make back pain worse), getting your muscles in better shape, and improving your posture when you're sitting, standing and sleeping.
It is commonly known that back pain sufferers should be encouraged to sleep in the semi foetal position with a cushion between their knees.

My back pain is so bad that I have no feels in my toes.

Toe Numbness

Numbness is a complete loss of feeling when you touch your skin. It may feel like the part you touch does not belong to you.
Numbness, tingling, or pain that begins in your back, moves down your leg and into your foot may be sciatica, caused by a pinched nerve (nerve root compression).
Sciatica is often debilitating but, in most cases, the pain abates with conservative therapy.
Surgery may be indicated in selected patients who are not helped by conservative treatment and who have debilitating symptoms after one month of therapy.

Can you give me advice on the best way to get in and out of a car? Jacki

Best Way to Get In and Out of a Car

To get in the car, sit down in the car facing the door.
Bend legs and rotate whole body as a unit
into the car. The steering wheel or dashboard should be used for support. Use opposite action to get out from the car.

I have upper chronic back pain. I am only seventeen years old and I feel like I am sixty with osteoporosis. My doctor is telling me to take medication. Should I have surgery? I do not even know what is causing the pain. Should I change doctor?

Chronic Upper Back Pain

Almost everyone suffers with back pain from time to time. In many cases, this pain afflicts the lower back, but depending on the cause, it can affect the upper back muscles as well.
Best treatment is combination of exercise, massage, hot and cold procedure and medications.
In addition, cause of the pain must be found and prevention measures should be included in the treatment.

I have pain moving from my upperback to my under rib in front. Ultra sound tests show no abnormality on my liver or its functions . What could it be?

Pain in the Upperback

Pain in the upper back, moving under rib in front, could be a sign of problems with block joints between spine and ribs or ribs and sternum.

What does it mean by slip disc? Can the disc be restored? Is there a cure? How long will it take for complete healing if there is a cure?Thanks / shirley

Slipped Disc

Slipped Disc is a painful rupture of the fibrocartilage of the disc between the spinal vertebrae. It occurs most often in the lumbar region.
Mechanical physiotherapy treatment (McKenzie, Mulligan, and Kaltenborn) could be helpful, depending on the stage of protrusion.
If natural healing fails to occur surgery may be required to remove the disc, and the affected vertebrae fused to keep them from rubbing together.

What can I do for back pain that comes with a change in the weather?Kathy

Back Pain and the Weather

Back pain can be worse when weather is changing. Take care not to overstrain your back, put something hot or cold on painful area (whatever is helping you) and do some low stretching exercise when weather is changing.

hi im having constant back pain since 2001,i have tryed many things tai chi yoga,im 32 and the pain is`t what i would call disableing but very worrieing and it is seriosly affecting my out look on life,and i also am avioding work which is a finantial totaly stressing about it now,since

Constant Back Pain

If you have constant back pain without diagnosis, it could be a problem. Try to visit a physiotherapist trained in manual techniques (McKenzie, Mulligan, Cyriax, and Kaltenborn). They can give you a mechanical diagnosis and treatment.

i have very bad back pain to the left and pins and needles in my left leg i can jog and walk with my golf clubs on my back but cannot walk normally for more than ten minutes for nearly a year now could you help??????? age 41

Back Pain With Pins and Needles

Most people have experienced pins and a needle – the paraesthesia is usually temporary, and goes away when the pressure on the limb is removed.
However, paraesthesia can also be an indication of a more serious, underlying condition. Some people may experience paraesthesia for long periods of time.
Visit your doctor or physiotherapist.

I recently had an operation after having a slipped disk in my lower back for more than 6 months, now about 2 months after the operation my back is giving me the same old feelings again. What are some easy activities I can do daily, that isn’t to time consuming?

Exercie for Low Back

Strengthening the core muscles in your back and abdomen by undertaking some form of exercise may help ease or eradicate back pain.
Aerobic conditioning may also be encouraged for general body fitness. In general, walking is an excellent form of exercise for the low back.

I am pregnant - 3 + weeks, and I am experiencing extreme lower back pain - what can I do to alleviate this? It is accompanied by flu like symptoms.

Lower Back Pain With Flu Like Symptomes

Complaints of back pain by pregnant women are common. Usually, the pain diminishes within two weeks after delivery.
However, the flu-like symptomes could be a sign of kidney infection or liver problems.
Contact your health care provider if these symptoms are new. If they are not, be sure to mention them at next visit.

My back goes out about once or twice a month for no reason; the last time it went out, I could not lift my right leg because it hurt when I lifted my leg up. Now the pain is in my hip and it has lasted more then a week.

Pain in the Hip

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, stretching from the end of your spine all the way down to your feet. When it gets pinched, it can cause pain anywhere along its length (lower back on one side, in the lower buttock, or down one leg).
Sciatica is something that can hang around for months or may just disappear. It is not uncommon for it to come back, but it could also be years before it does so.

Dear Sir,I take this oportunity to introduce my self, my name is Shakeer. Iam an Indian 22 years old. Now Iam staying in Qatar. Iam suffering very much regarding this backpain. This pain started from 1 year back. The first time I took one injection and take the pain killers from here by the

Proper Posture in Front of Computer

When you are sitting in front of computer, you must try to maintain proper posture. Which is a proper pelvic, arms and neck position?

If you do not have access to a chair with a good back support, place a small pillow in the small of the back to correct the curve.

The arms should hang at your sides. If your computer keyboard is too high or too far away, the arms have to be kept raised or extended, resulting in tense shoulder and upper back muscles and back pain.

Make sure your computer monitor is not too high of low. You should not have to tilt your head up or lean forward to see the screen.

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