The Most Common Cause of Low Back Pain Explained
We put a significant amount of strain on our back daily without sometimes even realizing it. Lifting heavy objects, raking leaves, twisting, or even swinging a golf club can all lead to low back pain. Often this pain is in the form of muscular soreness that subsides on its own after a couple of days. Other times you may have strained or sprained a muscle in your back, which could lead to long term back pain if not treated correctly. A strained or sprained back is one of the most common types of low back pain. Here’s an explanation of why it’s so common.
Strained Back Muscles Don’t Usually Occur Suddenly
Most of the time when you strain a back muscle, you can tell exactly when it happened. This is why most people believe straining a back muscle happens suddenly, but the reality is it’s likely a result of other issues you have with your back and spine health. Your back is under a constant amount of stress even when you sit in a chair all day long. If you don’t exercise or stretch out properly before exercising, you’re creating a risk of injury with every movement. So while a strained back muscle seems like a sudden injury, it has likely been coming for a while.
Difference Between A Sprain And A Strain
The terms sprain and strain are often used interchangeably by people, but it’s important to know the difference. If you visit a spine and orthopedic center for your back pain, they will evaluate whether you have a sprain or strain since the treatments could be different. A back sprain happens when a ligament or ligaments, the tough bands of tissue that hold bones together, are torn from their attachments. A back strain occurs when the tendons or muscles supporting the spine have been abnormally stretched or torn. Either type can be extremely painful, but the good news is long term back pain can be avoided by treating it the right way.
Treatment Options For Pulled Back Muscles
Pulled back muscles typically don’t require a visit to a spine and orthopedic center. In fact, simply staying active like walking for the next several days will likely help make the pain subside. Do not become sedentary, keep moving. You can speed up the healing process by incorporating these treatments at home:
- Apply ice first then heat in alternating fashion to the area
- Avid doing strenuous active with your back, but don’t become immobile
- Do light stretching
- Listen to your body and don’t overdo it
While a strained or sprained back muscle doesn’t impact your overall spine health significantly, it can turn much worse if you continue to work through the pain and don’t allow your muscles time to heal.
DBC Active Spine Care® is here to help people feel free of back pain so they can get back to living a high quality of life. Strained or sprained backs are the most common cause of low back pain, but they are also preventable in most cases. Our revolutionary spine adaptive functional restoration program is designed to help you strengthen your muscles to alleviate your pain and prevent future injuries. To learn more about how our program works, contact us today.