- Every waking hour for the first 24 hours, then every few hours for the next 24: Ice the strain for 15 minutes to reduce swelling. (Heat will only increase inflammation.)
- Every two hours (at least): "Stretch and move gently," says Jennifer Solomon, MD, a physiatrist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "Lying down may cause the muscle
- Every four to six hours: Try an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofentake according to package directions.
- After 48 hours: If pain doesnt improve, call your primary care physician to rule out a more serious condition.
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