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Can stretching help in treating a strained muscle in lower back?

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Posted on Mon, 16 May 2016
Question: I took a knee in the lower back last Tuesday...the pain has somewhat subsided but has moved out to the right side...I am back doing cardio on eliptical...should I stretch it?
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Wait for the pain to subside. Apply hot compress.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

It seems that you have strained a muscle and it might not be a good idea to stretch it. However, a clinical examination is needed to confirm. Application of hot compress should provide relief.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Deepak
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (17 minutes later)
Okay thanks...but highly unlikely it to be a cracked rib...lower back right side
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (11 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Unlikely to be a cracked rib

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing back. The strain is unlikely to be severe enough to crack a rib. What I am saying is about the possibility of the muscle getting pulled or strained. If that is the case, improper stretch may worsen the problem.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Deepak
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Can stretching help in treating a strained muscle in lower back?

Brief Answer: Wait for the pain to subside. Apply hot compress. Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. It seems that you have strained a muscle and it might not be a good idea to stretch it. However, a clinical examination is needed to confirm. Application of hot compress should provide relief. Regards