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Muscular and Skeletal

Back Pain

Most back pain is acute, lasting from a few days to a few weeks. It is generally caused by muscle strain or muscle spasm. In addition, back pain may be caused by pinched nerves in the back or other neurological problems.


Additional Resources

Mayo Clinic: Back Pain

WebMD: Low Back Pain

Sprains and Strains

A sprain is an overstretched or torn ligament. A strain is an injury to muscles and tendons that are overstretched or overused.

Symptoms of a Sprain

  • Pain and warmth at site injured
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

Symptoms of a Strain

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising


  • Have your condition checked by a healthcare professional
  • R.I.C.E.
    • Rest – 24-48 hours
    • Ice – injured area as soon as possible for 10 minutes every two hours for the next 48 hours
    • Compression
    • Elevate – the injured area above heart level
  • Take over-the-counter medicine for pain such as ibuprofen

Additional Resources

Mayo Clinic: Sprains and Strains

WebMD: Understanding Sprains and Strains



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