Chiropractors Help Recovery from Lower Back Strain
By Debra Rodzinak
When the muscles or ligaments of the lower back are damaged, acute lower back pain occurs. Pain in the lower back is the most common complaint of people who visit a chiropractor. The pain in this area of the body can be severe and debilitating. If not treated quickly, the damage to this area can manifest into chronic back pain. Therefore, a trip to the chiropractor as quickly as possible is important in complete recovery.
Types of Lower Back Strain
The two most common types of lower back strain are muscle strain and lumbar strain. A muscle strain occurs when the muscle is stretched too far or torn. This is commonly referred to as a pulled muscle. The second type of lower back strain is a lumbar sprain. This refers to when the ligaments in the lower back are torn or stretched too far. Ligaments connect the bones together and are very tough and fibrous.
Ranging from mild to severe pain, the symptoms of lower back strain can vary. They may include:
- Localized pain in the lower back
- Areas in the lower back that are tender
- Pain that appears suddenly
- Muscle spasms
- Subsiding pain when resting
- Difficulty walking or standing
Any time a muscle or ligament is injured, the area becomes inflamed which leads to a spasm. When this occurs in the back, it can be very painful and lead to immobility. Treating a pulled or torn muscle or ligament involves stabilizing the area, decreasing inflammation, and improving knowledge so that the injury does not occur again.
- Stabilizing – A chiropractor can ensure that the spine is in proper alignment to better support the muscles and ligaments of the lower back.
- Inflammation – The application of ice can decrease inflammation while heat can promote blood flow to the affected area.
- Knowledge – Learning proper lifting techniques or workstation setup can allow a person to avoid or change bad habits that lead to back pain.
If you have suffered a lower back strain, don’t delay in seeking chiropractic care. A visit to The Joint Chiropractic can help you find your path to overall health and wellness without the use of drugs or surgery. With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, finding relief from lower back strain is a walk-in away.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.