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Well I was playing in a softball game earlier this evening,

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Well I was playing in a softball game earlier this evening, I am a righty, and when I swung i felt a deep pain on the left side of my body near the rib cage. I feel like I pulled a muscle or have a bruised rib
JA: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: bending over stretching, obviously swinging the bat. Im 30 so pretty athletic, just a sharp pain to the side when I get up or sit down as well
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Customer: Not that I can think of
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 months ago.

Hello,
I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.

This is likely to be muscle strain / rupture of muscle fibers.

The treatment entails;

1) Rest is the key; relative rest-that is, participation only in those activities that can be done without pain-is the key to initial management. One should avoid painful activity (which reproduce the discomfort or pain) for at least 1 to 2 weeks.

2) Mild stretching exercises

3) Ice compresses / ice massage

4) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen (Motrin / Advil) can reduce inflammation and help manage pain.

5) Whirlpool, phonophoresis, iontophoresis, and ultrasound; done in physical therapy centers.

6) Local analgesic cream or spray.

FOR PREVENTION;

1) Return to previous activity level should be a gradual process.

2) Exercises and physical therapy for improving muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 months ago.

If the pain lingers on beyond two weeks, following measures would be recommended;

1) passive stretching of the affected muscle after application of sprayed vapocoolant

2) physical therapy

3) deep electrotherapy; iontophoresis, phonophoresis, short wave diathermy, electrical stimulation

4) local analgesic patch / ointment / spray

5) anti-inflammatory analgesics; Ibuprofen (Motrin / Advil)

6) ischemic compression therapy; pressure on the points

7) very mild massage

8) steroid shots

9) acupuncture.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Is it possible to of cracked or bruised one of the ribs?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 months ago.

Cracked or bruised rib with the swing you mentioned is extremely unlikely.

Having said that; a ruptured or strained muscles and bruised rib, the treatment remain same.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 9 months ago.

Hope you are doing good and your pain is resolved completely.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 months ago.

Hope you are doing good.

Best regards,