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Lower back strains arise from muscle strains in the lower back or lumbar spine area below the rib cage.. They may involve overstretched muscle fibres, commonly referred to as pulled muscles. However, they can also involve partial or completely torn muscle fibres.
The main symptoms of lower back strains are swelling, inflammation and cramping in some cases. Among adults in North America, lower back strains and sprains account for a large proportion of missed work days. Together with the cost of treatment, they therefore have a significant impact on the economies of many countries.
Lower back strains are painful and unpleasant. However, , the good news is that most of them respond to conservative home based treatment. Usually, they are treatable by rest and self care with no need for surgical intervention.
However, lower back strain symptoms can sometimes closely resemble those of much more serious health problems. These can range from nerve damage to even cancer. It is therefore important to seek medical advice as soon as you experience symptoms resembling those of this injury.
Probably the main cause of lower back muscle strains is attempting to lift heavy loads. This is especially the case when this is done with an incorrect lifting technique.
Many individuals attempt to lift such a load by bending their backs to pick up the load. This then forces them to use their lower back muscles to lift the load. In many cases the lower back muscles and ligaments are not properly stretched or are not strong enough.
If so, the result can be overstretching or tearing. The result will then be a lower back muscle strain or ligament sprain.
Individuals with lower back strains will experience some or all of the following symptoms:
As mentioned above, these symptoms are also possible indicators of much more serious medical problems than a lower back muscle strain. It is therefore important to rule out these other possible causes. Do this by contacting a healthcare professional for a diagnosis and medical advice.
To diagnose the cause of the patient’s injury, doctors will ask about his or her medical history. They will usually perform a physical examination of the patient’s lower back to understand the exact location of the pain. The patient may be asked when the pain started and what he or she was doing at the time.
In rare cases, the back pain does not go away after an initial period of conservative home based self care. If so, the doctor may order an imaging scan. This may be an X Ray, MRI or CT scan.
At the end of the examination the doctor may conclude that the patient has suffered a lower back strain. If so, (s)he will usually recommend a period of home based care. This may include:
If the strain is a mild one, recovery may require as little as 2-3 days of home based treatment. However, a more serious strain (e.g. one with tearing of the muscle) may need a few weeks of recovery time.
To ensure a complete recovery, it’s important to be patient and not try to return to normal activity prematurely. Wait until there is complete freedom of movement without pain. If you return to normal activity before you are fully healed, you could re-injure yourself. You could also possibly end up with a chronic back injury.
To reduce the risk of experiencing this unpleasant injury, we suggest the following:
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