What's Going Around

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All the shoveling we've been doing is leading to what's going around this week.

Linda Eckerson, family nurse practitioner at McLaren Greater Lansing-DeWitt Family Medicine, is treating many cases of muscle strain from shoveling snow.

The main symptoms are swelling, bruising, or redness over the muscle. You'll be in pain, even if you're not moving, in some cases. The muscle may also feel weak or you might not be able to use it.

You should apply ice right away to reduce swelling. Heat can be applied after some of the swelling goes down.

Also, take aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, rest, compress the area with an elastic bandage, and elevate it whenever possible.

See a doctor if it doesn't get better in 24 hours.

To avoid muscle strain, stretch daily and warm up before strenuous activities.

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