Are You Suffering from a Lower Back Muscle Strain?
There are many different reasons why you may be experiencing back pain. Understanding the type of back pain you’re dealing with is critical to know how to treat it and what you should be doing for pain relief. A lower back muscle strain is common and the pain will usually subside in a few days or up to a couple of weeks. Visiting a spine and orthopedic center usually isn’t necessary unless the pain continues for several weeks and is altering your quality of life. When you understand what a lower back muscle strain feels like and what could cause it, you can begin pursuing the proper treatment options.
What A Lower Back Muscle Strain Feels Like
Most lower back muscle strains involve a constant dull pain in the area, similar to soreness, tightness or achiness. And since the pain is typically focused on a particular muscle or muscles, the pain may intensify with certain movements if the affected muscle(s) is used. The pain should be only felt in the lower back area, so if yours is traveling down your legs or to other areas of the body, visiting a medical professional for further diagnostic tests would be a good idea.
What May Have Caused The Lower Back Muscle Strain
Sometimes it’s easy to identify a lower back muscle strain if you do heavy lifting or had to twist the spine in an awkward position. Any sudden impact on the spine can also cause a muscle strain, even if you don’t feel the muscle being strained or pulled at the specific moment. If you don’t use some muscles often, but then go out and partake in an activity that uses them, you could be susceptible to muscle strains. Activities like playing golf, rowing or other similar activities can easily cause a muscle strain. Being conscious and practicing good spine care practices when doing these activities can go a long way in preventing injuries.
Treatment Options For Pain Relief
Most strained back muscles will go away over time, but this doesn’t mean you should lie on the couch and not use the muscles for an extended amount of time. Doing lower back stretches, walking and moving around frequently throughout the day will help keep your blood flowing better and help the affected muscles heal more quickly. Your spine and orthopedic center may have more pain relief suggestions as well depending on your medical situation, but most of the time serious procedures aren’t required to relieve your pain.
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