A 48-year-old member asked:
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how can i tell if my back pain is a sprain, strain, or a pulled muscle?

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Dr. Paul Slosar
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Length of time: Strain or sprains get better in 4-6 weeks. More serious pain persists longer or goes down the leg. If that is occuring seek consultation with a spine expert.
Answered on Aug 9, 2013
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Tou can: These words all are interchangeable when used to describe a soft tissue injury of the spine excluding a disc injury.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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