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Doctor insights on: Recovery Time Lumbar Strain

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Lumbar (Definition)

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


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Possible lumbar strain from lifting?

Possible: Typical pattern of injury is from lifting particularly when combined with a rotational or twisting component. The weight of the object lifted can play a role as well as its size or bulk and your use or lack of use of proper lifting technique. Repetitive lifting can also be a factor. ...Read more

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What can I do for a low back, lumbar strain?

What can I do for a low back, lumbar strain?

Rest and time: Some rest with activity modification/ restrictions combined with mild exercise and gentle stretching will help. Heat applications and over the counter medication will help as well, ie, tylenol, (acetaminophen) advil, aleve, etc. Over time, it will resolve based on severity over days to weeks. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can you do for a lumbar strain?

Conservative Rx: Generally these injuries are musculoligamentous and will heal fine on their own. Some early rest followed by physical therapy for core strength and flexibility exercises works well. Foam rollers can help with muscular strain. Also, yoga exercises can be very helpful. ...Read more

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What causes a lumbar strain and what can I do to fix/cure it?

What causes a lumbar strain and what can I do to fix/cure it?

Any activity: Any activity which stresses your back may cause lumbar sprain. Exercise, stay thin and in good shape. Exercise in a swimming pool is excellent. If something you do causes back pain don't do it. ...Read more

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Could a lumbar strain cause strain to other parts of your body?

Could a lumbar strain cause strain to other parts of your body?

It can: You are somewhat vague here but in general it can since you are probably engaging in some avoidance or movements or certain postures that make you back hurt less but may put more stress on other body parts, e.g. knees, hips. ...Read more

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I had a lumbar strain over 4 months ago and still hurt. What can I do?

I had a lumbar strain over 4 months ago and still hurt. What can I do?

Need treatment: If jr was jgst do to a pulled muscle it would have resolved in 6 to 8 weeks so you need to get it checked our if it is bothering you enough! ...Read more

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I was just diagnoised with a lumbar strain. What activites do I need to avoid?

I was just diagnoised with a lumbar strain. What activites do I need to avoid?

Those that aggravate: Avoid twisting and bending as well as lifting but you can exercise with gentle stretching and do cardio exercises. ...Read more

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I have been plagued with a lower lumbar strain for over 9 months could it be something worse?

Possibly: Musculoskeletal injuries can take a long time to heal up but at 9 months, it's probably time to see a pro to have this worked up. Avoid any injections or surgery unless you have an appropriate diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do you get over a lumbar strain?

How do you get over a lumbar strain?

Time: Time is the best remedy will resticting or modifying activities and applying local treatment such as heat with resumption of careful exercise. ...Read more

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Can a lumbar strain cause minor scoliosis?

Yes and no: A true, structural scoliosis can not be caused by a back strain because it is a structural deformity of the spine. That being said, patients who strain or injure their back can often be leaned forward or to the side as a way to ease the pain. This is a form of non structural scoliosis that will resolve as the patient recovers. If it is associate with sciatica is is known as a sciatic scoliosis. ...Read more

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For how long will lumbar strain back pain last?

Usually 1-4 weeks: Most patients with a lumbar strain improve in 1-4 weeks. ...Read more

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I had a lumbar strain or sprain 3 months ago, but still have pain. When will it fully heal?

Should have healed: The natural history of low back pain is that it gets better within a month or so. If it hasn't please see your doctor, or a specialist in physical medicine (physiatrist), osteopathic physician who does manipulation or a trusted chiropractor. Core and abdominal strengthening programs are very helpful. Make sure your seating and work ergonomics are good, and eat an anti-inflammatory diet. ...Read more

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I have lumbar strain prescribed meds don't work the pain is shooting down my leg for 2days what should I do?

I have lumbar strain prescribed meds don't work the pain is shooting down my leg for 2days what should I do?

Sounds like sciatica: Sounds like a typical case of sciatica due to nerve compression that can be due to disc herniation but there can be other causes. Generally this is true with pain that goes past the knee and can be confirmed on exam and by imaging with a ct scan or mri. Most get better without surgery. Time, activity restriction, guided exercise & otc medication if no contraindications can help or see your pcp. ...Read more

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How do I get my DR to listen to me? I have a lot of pain since injury 47 days ago w/o improvement! No meds are working. He INSISTS its Lumbar strain

How do I get my DR to listen to me? I have a lot of pain since injury 47 days ago w/o improvement! No meds are working. He INSISTS its Lumbar strain

Trauma- disc damage: trauma will give pain but not long lasting LIKE YOU HAVE SOME MD DONT HAVE TIME TO LISTEN PATIENT. A MEDICINE CAN GIVE RELIEF . ASK FOR SECOND OPINION- AS CONSUMER U CAN CHANGE MD AS NO NEED TO SUFFER TOO LONG.XRAYS PLUS MRI CAN BE DONE TEST LIKE EMG CAN BE DONE PHYS THERAPY MUST BE USED AS GOOD TOOL. U HAVE A CHOICE AND U CAN GIVE LIST OF YOUR PROBLEMS AND CONCERNS TO MD , ON NEXT VISIT , ...Read more

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I have a lumbar strain and I work construction been out for 4weeks now still have lots of pain going to start pt do you think I should go back to work?

I have a lumbar strain and I work construction been out for 4weeks now still have lots of pain going to start pt do you think I should go back to work?

Go and see doctor: it is impossible for any body to advise about work you are the best judge of that the amount of pain and discomfort and the physical nature of your job will tell you what to do if you are afraid you are going to aggrevate an injury you need to be checked by a doctor and have some test done to determined the extent and the treatment of your injury good luck thank you for using health tap ...Read more

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Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Definition)

Muscle strain, also called a pulled muscle, is a condition where a muscle or its tendon is overstretched and torn leading to pain, decreased range ...Read more