Treatment for Low Back Sprains and Strains

Low back pain can cause a lot of problems in your day-to-day life. It affects how you function throughout your day and can lead to a dangerous shift in your posture as you try to find a position that doesn’t cause pain. It can also lead to days of missed work as you seek treatment for your pain or become too debilitated to do your job. The most common cause of low back pain is back sprains and strains. Learn the symptoms of sprains and strains, how you can prevent them, and what to do about them once they strike.


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Symptoms of Low Back Sprains and Strains

How do you know if you have sustained a low back sprain or strain? The following symptoms will tell you:

  • Pain and stiffness in the lower back that may also affect the buttock area but does not usually extend to the legs
  • Restricted range of motion and inability to maintain normal posture
  • Muscle spasms that may occur during both activity and rest
  • Pain that lasts up to 10-14 days

Prevent Low Back Sprains and Strains

This pain does not have to be inevitable. There are steps you can take to prevent low back sprains and strains. These steps include:

  • Doing strengthening exercises at home. These include crunches and aerobic exercises such as swimming, bicycling, and walking. These workouts strengthen your abdominal muscles to improve spine stability.
  • Use correct techniques for lifting and moving objects. For instance, never bend to lift an object – always squat and lift.
  • Use correct posture when sitting and standing.
  • Avoid stressful situations as these can cause muscle tension.
  • Maintain a healthy weight for your height, age, and body type. Extra weight places strain on the lower back.

Chiropractic for Low Back Sprains and Strains

Chiropractic care can help you treat low back sprains and strains, eliminating your low back pain. Dr. Rick Still at Family Chiropractic Care in Longview, Washington, will treat your low back pain with spinal adjustments. Our services can also help you deal with other types of pain, such as foot pain, knee pain, headaches, and pain resulting from injuries, herniated disks, and carpal tunnel. Corrective exercises can help you improve your spinal correction, allowing your low back sprain or strain to heal faster. Other services include nutritional assessments and massage therapy. Contact Family Chiropractic Care today to schedule a consultation for your low back pain.