Thoracic Strain

ExitCare ImageThoracic strain is an injury to the muscles of the upper back. A mild strain may take only 1 week to heal. Torn muscles or tendons may take 6 weeks to 2 months to heal.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day, for the first 2 days.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Go to physical therapy and perform exercises as told by your doctor.

  • Use wraps and back braces as told by your doctor.

  • Warm up before being active.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • There is more bruising, puffiness (swelling), or pain.

  • Medicine does not help the pain.

  • You have trouble breathing, chest pain, or a fever.

  • Your problems seem to be getting worse, not better.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.