Low Back Strain
What is a Low Back Strain?
A low back strain is a stretch or tear of a muscle in the lower back that hold the vertebrae in its proper place.
What Causes Low Back Strain?
- A low back strain can occur from lifting heavy objects, sitting or standing for long periods of time or a direct blow to the area.
- It can also occur from movement involving an abrupt twist or hyperextension.
What are the Symptoms?
- Immediate pain in the back after a direct blow or twist.
- Pain and stiffness with movement or activity in the low back.
- In severe cases, shooting pain can be felt through the buttocks and leg.
What Can I Do to Feel Better?
- Rest. Do not do things that cause pain.
- Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time for the first 48-72 hours.
- Heat may be introduced after 72 hours.
When Should I See a Medical Professional?
- If rest, ice, and compression are not improving the condition.
- If you are unsure about the severity of the condition.