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Pain Management

Pulled Muscles or Pinched Nerve

08/06/2007

Question:

I have recently pulled several muscles in my lower back area. Most of the pain has gone away but still most stiffness. Now I am having some new symptoms burning, tingling, numbness, and burning do you think I might have pinched a nerve where I had pulled my muscles. I been applying ice can I use heat to. What should I do.

Answer:

The deep muscle spasm takes a long time to heal, I advise you to ask your PCP to get you a TENS unit, as well be aware that if you starts developing weakness in the legs or the symptoms did not improve after 6 weeks of the injury you need to seek expert advice.

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Response by:

Hammam  Akbik, MD, FIPP Hammam Akbik, MD, FIPP
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati