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Low Back Strain Recovery Time
I encountered low back strain due to bending down too low, last Friday night. Still a lot of pain at times. What is the general rule on ice vs. heat?
Varies somewhat: In general, if you have pulled a muscle and created a spasm; moist heat is particularly helpful to relieve; whereas ice tends to make people tighten up but can help to numb a superficial cause of pain. For some it is a little of trial and error. ...Read more
I strained my low back while putting groceries away. My low back is getting better, but now having pain and tightness on the sides of my hips. Why would the low back strain would affect my hips?
You are One Unit: Your back, your pelvis, your hips (and the rest of your body) is one unit of function. Said differently, the muscles and other soft tissues of your low back are connected to the muscles and soft tissues of your pelvis, hips, legs. You should get some guidance (from a PT and/or Physiatrist) how to do a general lumbo-pelvic stretching and strengthening. And do it for the rest of your life. ...Read more
Sprains and strains: Muscle pain in the neck or back after over-exercise or strain usually worsens the first couple days. Thereafter, symptoms usually improve daily. Healing time is proportional to the injury—minor strain should heal in a couple days, while a severe strain may take 6 weeks or more if a muscle tear resulted. So just ease back until pain subsides. That's your clue to rev back up. ...Read more
I have a lower back strain that's been there for 4 years. I have grown to ignore it but should I do anything?
Have a checkup with: Your pcp and probably with an orthopod, 4 yrs is a long time for a strain to be still causing problems. It'll be good to have a diagnosis to ensure there is nothing else going on. ...Read more
Conservative care: Often times, conservative treatment such as physical therapy (including strengthening and stretching) and anti-inflammatory medications will work. It would also be reasonable to try massage, ice or heat, or over the counter creams such as aspercreme or capsaicin creme. See a physician if your symptoms do not improve - an MRI may be needed for further evaluation. ...Read more
See doctor: If your pain has persisted for a while would recommend that you see your pcp. ...Read more
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