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Recurring burning on the rib area since injury, eases with Motrin. What can help it to heal?

Last Spring I injured my rib area on the right side of my back while using a tiller. It seems to get better then flares up again. It doesn t hurt, it aches and kind of burns. I can aggravate the area by moving wrong while doing something. Most recently I was caring for my bed ridden mother in law and it has gotten much worse. Taking Motrin works. What can I do to help it heal. I see a massage therapist once a month. Should I go more often or is there something else I can do.
Asked On : Sat, 15 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Based on the description, I suspect that you could have suffered Intercostal myagia or neuralgia.

* Use Ice packing over the affected area as this will numb the local nerves providing relief of symptoms
* Apply moist heat fomentation to relax the tensed soft tissues
* Local analgesic gel application as needed
* Avoid the movements that hurts you
* Continue Motrin for a few day

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Tue, 13 Aug 2013
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