How does muscle pain cause flank pain?

Updated: Dec 11, 2019
  • Author: Bradley C Gill, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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A strain, contusion, or other injury of the back or flank can lead to a dull aching discomfort or soreness in the thoracolumbar area. The discomfort is often exacerbated by activity and can be reproduced by palpation. The patient may have a history of heavy lifting or repetitive bending at work or during physical activity. An empiric trial of local heat application with analgesics and/or anti-inflammatory medications may help with both diagnosis and treatment.


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