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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.

Self-Care

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

Self-Care

  • 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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