Muscle Strain

When a muscle is overstretched or torn, it is called muscle strain or pulled muscle. The symptoms include sudden pain, soreness, bruising, limited movement, muscle stiffness and weakness. The causes are poor flexibility, overexertion, lifting heavy objects, slip and fall, run, jump, and failure to warm up before physical activity.

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I had taken a chest X-ray for my chest pain, and my doctor suggested it was a muscle strain. Can I get a radiologist review?

Query: Hi doctor, I went to an orthopedist for some chest pain, thinking it could be either muscle, heart, or lung-related. My doctor took some X-rays and some movement tests and said he believes it to be a chest muscle strain. Since I had a chest X-ray taken, I would like to get a radiologist's review of...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi,Welcome to There is a plate and screws over the left clavicle.2. The lungs are clear and do not show any abnormal opacities.3. The heart is normal in size and shape.4. Bilateral hilar shadows are normal.5. The domes of the diaphragm are not visualized due to image magnification on ...  Read Full »

Why do I get right-sided chest pains when I sleep on my side?

Query: Hello doctor, I used to have right-sided chest pains, only when I sleep on my side. But since today, I feel a constant pain in my chest. Why am I having constant chest pain? Should I be worried?  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for posting your query. Right-sided chest pain could be due to a muscle catch, pleurisy, gastritis, lung infection, stones in the gallbladder, and liver problem. I need more information on the pain, Since how long it is paining? How is the pain? Is it burn...  Read Full »

Can lung cancer cause back pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31 year old male, and I have back pain. I wanted to know about the possible association of back pain with lung cancer. I have been a smoker for the past 12 years. My daily consumption is about 6 to 10 cigarettes. I do not consume alcohol, and I do not chew tobacco and have no o...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Back pain is not a common symptom of cancer lung. It can happen in a case of lung cancer with metastasis that is late stage. Your symptom is not related to cancer at all. It is due to strain.Physiotherapy will cure your problem. At this age and your habits without a famil...  Read Full »

How can I cure my lower back pain due to weight-lifting?

Query: Hi doctor, I have lower back pain. I believe it occurred when I was lifting stuff in the house. I am 30 years old, 170 cm tall, and weigh about 90 kg. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have caused a sprain of muscles or a ligament of the lower back due to trauma which is causing pain. You need to start NSAIDs and muscle relaxants for a few days and, if possible an X-ray LS spine (lumbosacral) to look for bone architecture. Avoid forward bending...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing pain and weakness in my lower back, right hip, and right leg. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been in pain and weakness in my lower back, right hip, and leg (which has been severe at times) for three weeks. This resulted from prolonged weeding and lifting heavy objects incorrectly. The MRI has shown that the L2 disc protrudes, obtuse, and displaces the nerve. Yesterday I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) has no value unless you are planning surgery. After the nerve root injection, you need not take any rest. We usually make the patient walk the next minute. Most of the back and leg pains can be managed conservatively. If you have trust, ...  Read Full »

I have pain in my back radiating to my hips. Can it be due to a torn ligament?

Query: Hello doctor, About four weeks ago, I hurt my back, lifting weights. I went to my chiropractor, who has never been wrong in 12 years. He assures me there is no disk rupture. I forget what he calls it; some joint failure. He would not call it a sprain. I have pain seemingly originating a couple to t...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the location of the dot, it looks like it is your sacroiliac joint. However, it can also be a muscle strain, a tear of a muscle, or a ligament. Treatment in the acute phase is more or less the same with rest, ice application, muscle relaxants, myofascial release...  Read Full »

What should I do for my on and off lower back pain that radiates to my buttock?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from lower back pain, which radiates to my buttock and thigh muscles. The pain is not constant. It comes and goes. What shall I do? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Without examining you, I can only offer possible cause of low back pain.The probable causes are: 1) Muscular strain. 2) Lumbar spondylosis. 3) SI (sacroiliac) joint in-formation. 4) Disc prolapse. 5) Lumbopelvic dysfunctionality. 6) Vitamin D deficiency. What ...  Read Full »

I feel sore, nauseous, and get dark-colored urine after starting a new exercise program. Could it be due to rhabdomyolysis or dehydration?

Query: Hi doctor,Are you familiar with rhabdomyolysis? I work out regularly and started a new program last week. I had some usual muscle soreness that reduced in a while. However, I never experienced extreme pain or swelling. Two days ago, I woke up extremely cold in the middle of the night and thought I w...  Read Full »

Dr. Yash Kathuria

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Yes, rhabdomyolysis is when your muscle breaks down, and its pigment damages the kidney. Its primary treatment is hydration when done at the right time and in the right amount. In your case, it is less likely, beca...  Read Full »

I have had pain in the lower left area of my pelvis for the past one week that occurs when I sit, bend, or stand up. Is it due to strain?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had pain in the lower left area of my pelvis for almost a week now. The pain is mild and feels like some strain. The pain is not constant and occurs when I bend while leaning forward. It also happens when I try to sit down or stand up (most of the time, but not always). Also, I hav...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I suggest you follow a few instructions mentioned below, 1. Avoid bending forward. 2. Use a support belt. 3. Avoid stress, strain exertion, lifting heavy weights, rigorous exercise, etc. 4. Take the tablet Shel...  Read Full »

How long will the pain last after surgery in the back despite taking medications?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 39-year-old, 5 feet 6 inches, 137 pounds, with high blood pressure. I had back surgery and was given three tablets of 30 mg Tylenol for pain. But still, they did not help resolve the pain, so I went to the emergency room, and they gave me Percocet 10 mg, but I had already taken th...  Read Full »

Dr. Nitin Dongre

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. You can take Percocet (Acetaminophen and Oxycodone) 10 mg now, but if possible, please have it after a meal. If the pain does not reduce, you can take a tablet of Diclofenac (analgesic, NSAID - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and antip...  Read Full »

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