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Back pain is an extremely common problem among adults, with approximately 4 out of 5 reporting lower back pain at some time in life. Many cases of back pain are actually more accurately described as back muscle pain, since they arise from muscle injuries.
A primary cause of back muscle pain is a pulled (or overstretched) muscle, typically in the lower back. Although this is less common, muscle pain can also be experienced in the middle and upper back as well.
In general, back muscle injuries do not lead to chronic back pain. Instead, the pain is acute and lasts for a relatively short time. However, while it lasts it can be quite severe. Chronic back pain is usually the result of conditions like spinal stenosis or herniated disks that cause pinched nerve roots in or near the spine.
Muscle pain can also be a result of a muscle that is torn, not just stretched. In general, injuries that result from torn or overstretched back muscles are called back muscle strains.
In this article, we examine the symptoms of a pulled or torn back muscle (in addition to the muscle pain). We will also look at the typical causes of this type of injury and discuss the typical treatment plans for it.
Typical factors that may increase the risk of back pain due to muscle injuries include:
With a strained back muscle, the symptoms that might be experienced in addition to the pain include:
In addition, an individual with a strained back may feel the pain radiating downwards as far as the buttocks. However, the pain typically does not go as far as the legs.If the pain does go down into the legs, this is a possible sign of a pinched nerve instead of muscle pain. The pinched nerve can itself be a result of spinal stenosis or a herniated disk.
If you are experiencing all or most of the above symptoms, seeking medical advice as soon as possible is a good idea.
Typically, treatment for a back muscle injury that causes pain will usually start with conservative home based methods. If these do not work, doctors may try to administer further treatment in the office or clinic. Surgery to treat this type of pain isusally a lst resort and is rarely necessary.
In most cases, following the home based treatment steps listed above should enable a return to light activity after a few days. Returning to intense physical activity may take a little longer – perhaps 2-3 weeks. Individuals should avoid a full return to regular activity until the pain has completely gone.
Back muscle pain is among the most debilitating experiences one can have. To prevent it altogether (or reduce the risk of its occurrence) we suggest the following:
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