What is a Back Sprain?
A back sprain is an injury in which there is a stretch or tear in the ligaments that are attached to the lower back and upper buttocks. Ligaments are bands or sheets of fibrous tissue that connect two or more bones or cartilages. They also serve as a support for fasciae and muscles.
Back Sprain Symptoms
The following are symptoms of a back sprain:
- Lower back pain (especially when bending or stooping)
- Lower back spasms
- Lower back tenderness
- Redness and/or swelling of the lower back
Causes of a Back Sprain
A back sprain may result from improper lifting techniques. It may also be the result of an auto accident or football injury. Essentially, the soft tissue damage may be caused by inflammation from the initial injury to the lower back. The cardinal signs for inflammation are swelling, redness, pain, increased heat, and loss of function. Being overweight and out of shape may also contribute to a back sprain.
Back Sprain Consequences
Besides discomfort and pain, a back sprain may also cause some degree of difficulty in moving the back. Bending and stooping may cause complications for daily routines at home and work. Depending on the job, it may be necessary to receive a note from the physician requesting light duty if bending or lifting is required.
Back Sprain Treatment
The RICE method is usually useful in treating a sprain.
- R - Rest
- I - Ice
- C - Compression
- E - Elevation
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin or acetaminophen, can also help with the pain. Once the swelling and pain start to diminish, it is highly recommended to start doing exercises for the lower back in order to regain full mobility and functionality. A further evaluation may be necessary if the back is still not healing. At that point, the physician must determine if it is an issue of noncompliance or if other causes can be determined by X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or bone scans.
If you or a loved one has suffered a back sprain, please contact our Back Injury Attorneys for a free, personal, and confidential consultation. You can contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at 602-265-6700.
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