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RealSimple.com: Healing Tips for 8 Common Maladies

Pulled or Sore Muscle

Do:
  • Follow the acronym RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
  • Gently stretch after severe pain is gone, to maintain range of motion and prevent stiffness.
  • Take ibuprofen to alleviate pain and swelling for two to five days after the injury.
  • Try a topical analgesic cream (such as Tiger Balm), which can relieve pain.
  • Soak in a hot bath three or four days after the injury. Moist heat brings oxygen to the tissues and helps loosen muscles.
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Don’t:
  • Put heat on the muscle right away. Heat may feel good, but in the first 24 to 48 hours use ice to reduce inflammation.
  • Undergo a rigorous massage; in the wrong hands, you could end up feeling worse.




Call your doctor if:
  • Walking is painful or the soreness hasn’t improved in a week. You may have a hematoma (a bleeding bruise) in the muscle or a ruptured tendon.


(Image: Jen Corace)

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