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Back Muscle Strain

Back Strain


Presentation

  • Up to the present, these explanations have satisfied most physicians, depending on which side of the fence they happen to be.[jamanetwork.com]
  • A lumber strain that has been present for days or weeks is referred to as acute. If it has persisted for longer than 3 months, it is considered chronic.[shorelineortho.com]
  • Patient Education Committee Acute low back pain is defined as low back pain present for up to six weeks. It may be experienced as aching, burning, stabbing, sharp or dull, well-defined, or vague.[spine.org]
Physician
  • During your diagnosis, your physician may apply a grading scale to classify your injury as mild, moderate or severe.[shorelineortho.com]
  • Up to the present, these explanations have satisfied most physicians, depending on which side of the fence they happen to be.[jamanetwork.com]
  • Narcotics should only be used as prescribed by and under the direction of a physician.[spine.org]
  • If you feel that you need pain medication, consult with your physician to determine the type and dosage that is appropriate for your specific situation.[blog.gameready.com]
Severe Pain
  • Severe pain may resolve quickly, with intermittent flare-ups or low-level pain persisting for a few weeks or months.[shorelineortho.com]
  • There is no reason not to completely avoid stretching muscles and tissues in the legs and back during an acute episode, but stretching should not cause more severe pain.[spine.org]
  • Symptoms may include: Sudden lower back pain Spasms in the lower back that result in more severe pain Lower back feels sore to the touch The symptoms of a lumbar strain may look like other conditions and medical problems.[healthlibrary.uchospitals.edu]
Disability
  • The members of the profession at large know only too well that there are many symptoms of low back disabilities for which there have been no explanations. The terms sacro-iliac strain and dislocation or lumbosacral strain are in common use.[jamanetwork.com]
Prolonged Immobilization
  • It is not recommended to have prolonged immobilization or bed rest. If the pain does not subside in two weeks, additional treatment may be required.[en.wikipedia.org]
Localized Pain
  • Localized pain in the lower back (does not radiate into the leg, as in sciatica ). The lower back may be sore to the touch. Sudden onset of pain; pain may be accompanied by muscle spasms.[shorelineortho.com]
Flushing
  • Drink lots of water after a massage in order to flush inflammatory by-products and lactic acid out of your body. 4 Get a referral to a physical therapist.[wikihow.fitness]
Fracture
  • In case of more severe strains, an X-ray should be taken to rule out fracture and disc herniation. Treatment [ edit ] Back sprain is treated using analgesics such as ibuprofen, rest and use of ice packs.[en.wikipedia.org]
  • Seek immediate medical treatment if you experience sudden or severe pain, loss of mobility, complete muscle weakness, or if the potential for a fracture or other serious injury exists.[shorelineortho.com]
  • Your doctor will arrive at a diagnosis and rule out dangerous causes of back pain such a fracture, tumor, or infection based on your medical history and the physical and neurological examination findings.[nemanispine.com]
  • Other relatively common causes of back pain include arthritis, joint sprains, compression fractures, nerve irritation and herniated discs. [9] If you pain is severe, your doctor can give you a prescription for stronger medications.[wikihow.fitness]
  • Rarely, however, low back pain is caused by a more serious process such as a fracture, infection or cancer.[spine.org]
Muscle Strain
  • Moderate-to severe muscle strains are usually intensely painful and involve bruising below the skin's surface due to torn muscle fibers and damaged blood vessels.[wikihow.fitness]
  • Recovery and Outcome Back muscle strains typically heal with time, many within a few days, and most within 3 to 4 weeks.[shorelineortho.com]
  • The pain can be from a lumbar muscle strain alone or more commonly due to a strain of more than one of the structures listed above.[nemanispine.com]
Osteoporosis
  • However, special care should be taken if a patient has osteoporosis or disk herniation, because in these cases, manipulation of the spine can worsen symptoms or even cause other injuries.[shorelineortho.com]
  • This is more common in individuals over age 50, those with a history of cancer, those with severe pain at rest, with associated fever, with underlying medical problems such as diabetes, heavy alcohol or drug use, long time corticosteroid use, or osteoporosis[spine.org]
Arthritis
  • Your doctor may order a blood test if they think your back pain might be caused by rheumatoid arthritis or a spinal infection (osteomyelitis or meningitis).[wikihow.fitness]
Muscle Weakness
  • Seek immediate medical treatment if you experience sudden or severe pain, loss of mobility, complete muscle weakness, or if the potential for a fracture or other serious injury exists.[shorelineortho.com]
Irritability
  • One is frequently troubled by the fact that there is a negative roentgenogram of a patient whose clinical signs and symptoms are those of extreme irritation in the sacro-iliac or[jamanetwork.com]
  • Some medicinal lotions and creams contain NSAIDs, which are absorbed through the skin and into the strained muscle(s) without risking stomach irritation.[wikihow.fitness]
  • No matter which tissue is initially irritated, a cascade of events occurs which contributes to the pain experience. Numerous chemical substances are released in response to tissue irritation.[spine.org]
  • For patients with no signs of nerve irritation, spinal manipulation for up to one month has been found helpful. Use back protection techniques and support devices as needed to avoid future injury.[shorelineortho.com]
  • A strain refers to the abnormal stretching or irritation of a muscle, tendon, ligament, or disc. The pain can be from a lumbar muscle strain alone or more commonly due to a strain of more than one of the structures listed above.[nemanispine.com]
Sciatica
  • As a licensed massage therapist, it sounds a lot like sciatica. Sciatica can be bothersome to the hip and leg region. Most people feel numbness or tingling down either the side of their leg, or down the back of their leg, possibly even to the foot.[wikihow.fitness]
  • Localized pain in the lower back (does not radiate into the leg, as in sciatica ). The lower back may be sore to the touch. Sudden onset of pain; pain may be accompanied by muscle spasms.[shorelineortho.com]
Meningism
  • Your doctor may order a blood test if they think your back pain might be caused by rheumatoid arthritis or a spinal infection (osteomyelitis or meningitis).[wikihow.fitness]
Tingling
  • Most people feel numbness or tingling down either the side of their leg, or down the back of their leg, possibly even to the foot.[wikihow.fitness]

Treatment

  • Nonsurgical Treatment Treatment for a lumbar strain typically involves: limiting the activity that caused the injury (heavy lifting, twisting, bending or other actions); applying ice for the first 48 hours, and applying heat, thereafter; anti-inflammatory[shorelineortho.com]
  • If the pain does not subside in two weeks, additional treatment may be required.[en.wikipedia.org]
  • However, in some cases, professional treatment is necessary. Steps Part 1 Treating a Back Strain at Home 1 Rest and give it some time.[wikihow.fitness]
  • To enhance the success of your lumbar strain treatment, two or more treatment modalities are often recommended in combination.[nemanispine.com]
  • At the visit, write down the name of a new diagnosis, and any new medicines, treatments, or tests. Also write down any new instructions your provider gives you. Know why a new medicine or treatment is prescribed, and how it will help you.[healthlibrary.uchospitals.edu]

Prevention

  • Prevention of back strain is possible by adopting proper body mechanics while sitting, standing and lifting. [4] Cessation of smoking, maintaining a healthy diet, exercise and normal weight is also good for preventing back strain.[en.wikipedia.org]
  • Applying cold therapy (ice or something frozen) to acute musculoskeletal injuries is greatly beneficial because it constricts the small blood vessels around the injury and prevents inflammation from building up. [5] Preventing inflammation reduces swelling[wikihow.fitness]
  • Prevention Although some low back muscles receive adequate exercise during daily activities, many do not. These tend to weaken with age unless specifically targeted.[shorelineortho.com]
  • Prevention Some of the preventive measures that can help prevent low back strain, especially in chronic cases, include: Abstinence from smoking Maintenance of a healthy body weight Regular aerobic exercise A healthy well balanced diet Regular stretching[nemanispine.com]
  • It also helps your back get stronger and more flexible, helping prevent reinjury. Ask your healthcare provider about specific exercises for your back. Use good posture to prevent reinjury When moving, bend at the hips and knees.[healthlibrary.uchospitals.edu]

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