Low Back Strain :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

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 a 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.

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