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Latissimus dorsi Strain
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An_227464 posted:
Hi,
I am a male, 33 years old. Was running on a treadmill today and suddenly felt a sharp pain on the lower back, under the shoulder and it seems like the latissimus dorsi area pain.

What should I do to relieve the pain? And when should I start running again.

Thanks
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Blake Boggess, DO responded:
Usually this strains resolve in a few days. The simplest treatment for muscle strains are listed below. If you are pain free, then you can return to running. Let pain be your guide. The worrisome symptoms for back pain are pain radiating down your leg or numbness, pain not responding to over the counter pain medicines. and pain with bowel or blader problems.

Depending on the degree of the injury the time to heal will vary. You can start with the following.
Rest
It is important to rest following the injury so it can heal. Let pain be your guide on how much activity you can do.
Stretching
Gentle stretching should be helpful, but it should not be painful.
Ice soon after the injury
Ice will help calm the inflammatory response and stimulate blood flow to the area. This can be done the first 2 days after the injury. Usually 20 minutes of icing 3x a day
Heat
Gentle heating before activity can help loosen the muscle. Apply a heat pack prior to stretching or exercising.
Oral anti-inflammatory medications
These can help relieve symptoms of pain and also calm the inflammation.
Physical Therapy
If you are still having pain, you should see a doctor and you may be referred to physical therapy. They can do certain treatments called modalities to help you.


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