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Back Strain

Back Muscle 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]
Swelling
  • Grade I (Mild) —Overstretching of the muscle or tendon; small tears may or may not occur; mild pain may occur, with or without swelling.[shorelineortho.com]
  • The patient can resume activities 24-48 hours after pain and swelling is reduced. 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]
  • Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are particularly helpful for acute and chronic back strains because they reduce swelling and pain. [7] They are often better choices than regular painkillers (such as acetaminophen), because[wikihow.fitness]
  • Applying compression bandages or using an active compression system may help reduce swelling and edema so the damaged tissues can repair themselves more quickly. Rest.[blog.gameready.com]
  • Over-the-counter medicines can help control pain and swelling. Try aspirin or ibuprofen. Exercise Exercise can help your back heal. It also helps your back get stronger and more flexible, helping prevent reinjury.[healthlibrary.uchospitals.edu]
Inflammation
  • 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]
  • Ice and heat —Application of ice or some type of cold pack immediately following the injury can help reduce inflammation.[shorelineortho.com]
  • The inflammation attributable to this cycle of events may persist for days to weeks.[spine.org]
  • […] abdominal muscles) Stretching and strengthening exercises (for the lower back as it heals) Learning how to use and wear appropriate protective equipment Medicines, such as anti-inflammatories and spinal injections, may also be used to relieve pain and inflammation[healthlibrary.uchospitals.edu]
  • Cold helps reduce inflammation, which is the primary source of pain in the first few days. The faster you can apply cold to a pulled back muscle, the faster you may reduce pain, help control swelling, and start the healing process.[blog.gameready.com]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Shoulder Pain
  • Pain when moving the shoulders In lower back strain injuries, many people experience symptoms such as: 3 Aching and stiffness in lower back muscles Pain that worsens with movement Pain that radiates to the hips and legs Limited range of motion Muscle[blog.gameready.com]
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]
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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