Pulled Muscles on Lower back

PULLED MUSCLE OR MUSCLE STRAIN ON LOWER BACK

Lower back depends on soft tissues to help hold the body upright and support the weight from the upper body. If put under too much stress, the soft tissue can become injured and painful. The injury of soft tissue on the lower back is sometimes called muscle strain or pulled muscle. Pulled back muscle or muscle strain may seem like a minor injury resulting in pain and muscle spasm but can be severe.

TYPES OF LOWER BACK STRAIN

There are two common types:

  • Muscle strain, this occurs when fibers in the muscle begin to tear from being overstretched or overused (commonly called a pulled muscle).
  • Lumbar sprain. A lumbar sprain occurs when ligaments are overstretched or torn. Ligaments are tough, fibrous tissues that connect bones together. 

A specific diagnosis of ligament sprain or muscle strain is usually not needed, as both have almost identical symptoms and receive the same treatment.

INITIAL TREATMENTS FOR LOW BACK MUSCLE STRAIN

  • Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs)
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Ice packs
  • Heat packs
  • Message therapy

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