Muscle Strains and Ligament Sprains
Most people will experience back pain at one point or another throughout their life. Sometimes it lasts a few days but occasionally it can become more chronic. Muscles and ligaments become damaged if they are stretched too far or are overloaded by lifting. When tissues are damaged, the surrounding muscles can spasm, pulling joints into abnormal positions. If left untreated this can lead to weakness and imbalances in the muscles. The many nerves that exit the spine at these levels also cause pain in other areas of the body.
Causes may be due to lifting heavy objects, especially if the back is not used to this, repeatedly bending forward and falls. It is important that you get a professional to examine your back quickly so appropriate advice can be given to speed your recovery.
- Ice for 10-15mins, initially for the first 2-3days, then either use alternate hot and cold packs or just hot packs to relax muscles.
- After taking it easy for a few days, slowly start increasing your activity. Studies have shown that bed rest does not improve recovery times.
- Make sure your back is well supported when seated.
Always remember that we recommend seeking medical advice from your GP or from one of our Osteopaths regarding your problem.