What is a Back Strain?
A back strain is an injury in which there is a stretch or tear of the muscles or tendons connecting to the back. A tendon is a fibrous cord of muscle tissue that connects the muscles to the bones. Ligaments are bands or sheets of fibrous tissue that connect two or more bones or cartilages. They also serve as a support for fascia and muscles.
Back Strain Symptoms
The following are symptoms of back strain:
- Lower back pain (especially when bending or stooping)
- Lower back spasms
- Lower back tenderness
- Redness or swelling of the lower back
Causes of a Back Strain
A back strain may result from improper lifting techniques. It may also be the result of a vehicle accident or football injury. Essentially, 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 strain.
Back Strain Consequences
A back strain, in addition to discomfort and pain, may also cause some degree of difficulty in movement with anything that causes one to shift body weight in the back. Bending and stooping may also cause complications for daily routines at home and at work. Depending on the job, it may be necessary to receive a note from a physician requesting light duty if bending or lifting is required.
Back Strain Treatment
The RICE method is usually useful in treating a strain.
- 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 also highly recommended to start doing back stretches and strengthening exercises 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.
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