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Lumbar Sacral Sprain
The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more
After spraining a good part of my lumbar area I've relied on being on the floor throughout the day to take the tension out now my back is weak. Help!
Get moving: 1-2 days of rest can be helpful after injury to the muscles of the lower back. Too much rest, however, can lead to further stiffness and pain. Early mobilization including gentle stretching will help you recover. This can be done on your own for minor sprains, but may require assistance from a phyiscal therapist for more severe injuries. Consult a physician to start proper treatment. ...Read more
Seek medical care: Let's start with what we know-you have back pain. We don't know the cause (lumbar sprain does not explain it). I suggest seeing a well trained physician who can give you a precise diagnosis as to the cause of the pain. Then an accurate treatment specific for the diagnosis can be given applied and you will see improvement. ...Read more
Can a sprained lumbar that didn't heal correctly cause muscle imbalances through the whole body and weakness?
No: A healed or recovered back strain would not have such an effect. ...Read more
Going to start epidural injections in my back for the pain caused from a lumbar sprain. What is it like?
See below: These injections or not given for a lumbar strain. This usually responds with physical therapy. You may have some other disk pathology which this procedure has been recommended to you . These injections are usually given 1 to 2 weeks apart. There are usually administered by a orthopedic surgeon pain management anesthesiologist and administered with local anesthesia under flouro scopic guidance. Please review all the benefits risks and alternatives and complications associated with the procedure with the physician who is doing the procedure at least one week in advance prior to undertaking this procedure. Good luck thank you. ...Read more
Sprain or strain: Sprain implies a tear to a ligament. Though unlikely without serious trauma, if stable should heal in 6-18 weeks. A strain is a soft tissue injury. From overuse to muscle tear, healing is in proportion to the damage. I would expect soreness to worsen 1-2 days then begin recovery over 1-3 weeks for most acute strains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rest in bed for --: No more than 2 days + take a pain med (like advil or aleve), a muscle relaxer, apply a heating pad for 20-30 minutes x 3-4 times a day, and start stretching exercises. If not improving after 3-5 days, or if you develop numbness in toes/foot or leg, see pcp for further evaluation/investigations. Good luck. ...Read more
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