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Old 07-23-2009, 07:43 PM
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I think I pulled a muscle in my back. I've been having pains ever since I left the YMCA earlier today. Now it's just gotten worse. Ugh...just what I need. What would be the best thing to do to help ease the pain? I'm guessing medication or stretching. I really don't need this right now...BLAH!
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:55 PM
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If it's your lower back, then lie down on the floor and get your knees up (you can put a chair up next to your butt so you can rest your calves on the chair if you want) the idea is to mimic "sitting in a chair" but do it with your back flat on the ground. If you have a safe heating pad (one that will turn off unless you tell it to stay hot or one that cannot keep getting hotter) then put that under your back. Line it up so about 1/4 of it is under your hip bones and the rest under your back. You do not want to use a heating pad that will continue to heat if you fall asleep because there's a very good chance that you will fall asleep...this position is so comfortable. Trust me on this, falling asleep on an old fashioned electric heating pad will result in blistering burns.

Do that as long as you can. I was once ordered by my doctor to do it for 3 days. You can read books in that position, you can watch TV, you could probably even figure out a way to do the computer....


If you need painkillers, look to the NSAIDS because you have inflammation that needs to be reduced. Ibuprofen is an excellent choice.
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Old 07-23-2009, 11:22 PM
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Thanks so much Eliza!

P.S. About the burns that you're really sure about, I hate to ask...but did you experience them in the past when falling asleep on an old-fashioned heating pad?
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If it persists, the doctor.
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Stretching is darn important. I pulled a muscle in my back, between my shoulder blades, awhile back, and the only that really helped was stretching.
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Stretching is darn important. I pulled a muscle in my back, between my shoulder blades, awhile back, and the only that really helped was stretching.
Doctor...really.
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Do you have access to a gym? If so, does it have something similar to these:

http://www.snewsnet.com/cgi-bin/snews/01539.html

The gym at my work has one. It is great. You can do stretches on this thing that are simply NOT possible to without the cage (or VERY difficult). When I was having my back problem I found a stretch in the book (the cage has a neat book for your use) that targeted the area where my pulled muscle was. After a few stretching sessions I felt much better. Much more effective than pain medication. It treated the cause and NOT just the effect.
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Old 07-24-2009, 10:06 AM
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A doctor will probably tell you to stretch!! Pain meds only cover up the pain, but do not address the cause. Even a chiropractor can not do what stretching can do. Massages feel good, but only last a short time. The way to really make the pulled muscle feel better, and to prevent a future injury, is to get blood flow into that muscle and to strengthen it. Stretching does BOTH!
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A doctor will probably tell you to stretch!! Pain meds only cover up the pain, but do not address the cause. Even a chiropractor can not do what stretching can do. Massages fell good, but only last a short time. The way to really make the pulled muscle feel better, and to prevent a future injury, is to get blood flow into that muscle and to strengthen it. Stretching does BOTH!
But it pays to be sure no mussles are torn, or any permeant dange has been done.
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But it pays to be sure no mussles are torn, or any permeant dange has been done.
True, but unless you are willing to pay for an expensive scan, a regular visit to the doctor's office won't tell you much. You can tell I avoid the doctor's office for the most part!! I learned real quick that most visits to the doctor were worthless. When I was a kid and my mom would take me, it was always the usual, "get rest, drink plenty of fluids, take tylenol, etc..." Nothing was ever offered that we didn't already know. Same goes for many soft tissue injuries. The doc will tell you to avoid whatever caused the injury, to take it easy, to stretch and to take OTC pain meds when needed. Unless the injury is so severe that Quark has difficulty doing basic things (like walking), then I wouldn't bother with a doctor's visit unless stretching the area does not work.

In my case, I felt okay MOST of the time, but I couldn't do certain things without my back freaking out. I couldn't turn around and look out the rear window of my car to back-up. Other forms of lifting were also not good. I stretched the area (trust me, when you stretch an injured area you WILL know it!) and I felt much better.
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