What's Going Around: Viral Illness & Back Strains

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

December 24, 2012

Every week we check in with local healthcare providers to find out what's going around in central Virginia. This week the focus is viral illness and back strains.

Dr. William Murray of Forest Lakes Family Medicine says this time of year he sees more patients for back strains. They are often brought on from long car trips during the holidays, lifting Christmas trees, and heavy boxes or presents. The main symptom is pain in the lower back.

Dr. Murray recommends heat, acetaminophen, ibuprofen or Aleve for treatment. He says you should see your doctor if you're not improving or if the pain is severe.

The best way to prevent back strain is by keeping core muscles strong with exercise, maintaining a healthy body weight and using the proper lifting techniques.

Nurse Practitioner Cindy Napier is providing medical information from Crozet Family Medicine and viral illness is going around there. Symptoms include nausea, fever, vomiting, and body aches.

When it comes to treatment, she suggests clear liquids, Tylenol, ibuprofen and rest.

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