Abdominal Muscle Strain
Most people get better in a few weeks. The goal of treatment is to ease pain and improve movement. This may be done with:
The muscle will need time to heal. Supportive care may include:
- Rest to give the area time to heal
- Ice packs to ease pain and swelling
Medicine may also be given to ease pain and swelling.
An exercise program will be created to promote strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
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a (Pulled Muscle in Abdomen; Strain, Abdominal Muscle)
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