What do I do if I just injured my lower back?

Muscle strains and lumbar sprains are the most common causes of low back pain. A low back muscle strain occurs when the muscle fibers are abnormally
stretched or torn. A lumbar sprain occurs when the ligaments, the tough bands of tissue that hold bones together, are torn from their attachments.
Differentiating a strain from a sprain can be difficult, as both injuries will show similar symptoms.

Almost all of these low back injuries are due to injuries of the muscle or ligament. If you don’t know the cause of your back pain, you should have it evaluated by a doctor. Some warning signs of a serious injury to the spine include:

  • Loss of control of bladder or bowels
  • Progressive lower extremity weakness
  • Severe, constant pain

Symptoms of a low back injury-
Most lumbar muscle strains and sprains cause symptoms in the area of the low
back and normally do not cause problems in the legs like some other spine
conditions. The most common symptoms of a lumbar strain or sprain are:

  • Pain around the low back and upper buttocks
  • Low back muscle spasm
  • Pain associated with activities, and generally relieved with rest

What causes these symptoms of low back pain and spasm?

Inflammation of the soft-tissues can result when you injure the lumbar area. This inflammation causes pain and can cause muscle spasm.

Contributing Factors to low back injury include:

  • Poor conditioning or improper core stability
  • Overweight
  • Improper lifting or twisting while lifting

What should I do to help my injury?

If the Injury is acute (within the first 48 hours)

  • Rest
  • Ice Application
  • If advised- Anti-inflammatory medication

Generally, people who are active and well-conditioned are much less likely to suffer from low back pain due to muscle strain. Regular exercise reduces likelihood of injury. Keeping the muscles conditioned and flexible will reduce back pain.

A well-rounded exercise program for the low back should consists of:

  • Strengthening
  • Stretching
  • Aerobic activity.

Guess what? Yoga can help your low back pain. Yoga offers isometric and isotonic
exercise and brings oxygen to the tissues.

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Consult a physician or physical therapist if your may is extreme and/ or persistent.