Lumbar spine strains and sprains: an overview

California residents who experience lower back pain may have strained or sprained their lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is especially prone to these conditions because of how much it moves, twists and bends. When the muscle fibers are excessively stretched or torn, the result is strain. Spraining occurs when the ligaments stretch or tear. Other symptoms of strain and strains include:

  • Pain extending to the buttocks
  • A limited range of motion due to stiffness
  • Inability to maintain normal posture
  • Muscles spasms while active or at rest

How sprains and strains are treated

Lumbar spine pain may develop over time or with a single injury, such as an injury suffered while lifting a heavy object incorrectly. If their pain lasts longer than two weeks, victims should seek medical care.

Most likely, the doctor will prescribe a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and recommend physical therapy. As for the therapy, it may include treatments like ice and heat application, massages and pelvic traction. Resting without getting medical attention could cause the muscles to lose strength and become stiffer than they are.

The use of diagnostic testing

If the pain does not subside after physical therapy, doctors may have patients undergo X-rays or an MRI. These tests could show whether the pain is caused by a fracture, an infection or something else.

For those injured by another’s negligence

Perhaps your back injuries were the result of a slip and fall or a car accident. Whatever the situation, you likely want to seek compensation for your losses because you were not to blame for your condition. A lawyer may help you file a personal injury claim against the responsible party and negotiate on your behalf for a fair settlement out of court. If one cannot be achieved, the lawyer may take your case to court.