Although back sprains & strains can seem like minor injury, they can be surprisingly painful. Back strains may in some cases be accompanied by equally unpleasant back spasms. They can arise either from muscle strains (torn muscle fibers which are commonly referred to as pulled muscles and are frequently a form of overuse injury) or lumbar sprains (which result from torn or overstretched ligaments). The two conditions have almost identical symptoms – swelling, inflammation and cramping in some cases. The products below may be useful in helping you recover from these injuries. However, as always, you are advised to consult with your doctor before taking any other action.