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Leg press machine at gym, muscle in rib cage popped, ibuprofen ?

I was lifting yesterday with an incline leg press machine. when i was bringing my knees to my chest I felt a muscle near my right side rib cage pop. It caused a little pain at first. It felt like a cramp at first. But the small pain still persisted. At night when I laid down on the right side i feel a small discomfort on the rib cage. It is the following afterrnoon and the discomfort is still there. What should I do for a remedy. I have 800 mg of ibuprofen at my disposal to take or should I contact my physician.
Asked On : Sun, 18 Mar 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
It seems that due to heavy pressure in your rib cage muscles gave strain and there is spasm of muscles.
You can take Ibuprofen as and when required.
Apply some muscle relaxant cream over the part.
If you feel discomfort after 2-3 days, consult orthopedic surgeon and get examined.
Ok and take care.
Answered: Wed, 31 Jul 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello and Welcome to HCM,
Thanks for writing to us.
The symptoms you have described are more likely to be symptoms of muscles strain.
To get relief from the pain and for quick healing:
1. Do hot fomatation at the site.
2. Apply local anti-inflammatory gel 2-3 times a day.
3. Take anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen to reduce pain and local swelling or inflammation.
4. Do not lift weight or try to do exercise that involve painful muscles. Give proper time for the injury to heal.
I suggest you to consult your general physician nearby for a detailed examination.
Hope this helps you.
Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Guta.
Answered: Wed, 31 Jul 2013
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