Sprains, Strains, and Pain! Chiropractic’s Approach to Low Back Ailments
When lower back pain develops, it can be tough to pinpoint the exact source due to the complex network of joints, muscles, and nerves located in the lumbar spine. Aside from things like herniated discs and arthritis, some of the most common lower back problems actually have to do with the soft tissues that surround and support your spine.
Muscle strains and ligament sprains are relatively simple injuries, but the pain they cause can be immense. Fortunately, the same experts who deal with problems of the spine may be able to assist you with problems in the muscles. If you recently pulled a muscle in your lower back, the team at Strong Life Chiropractic in Tampa Bay and Lithia, FL, may be able to assist you in mitigating pain and put you on the path to easier healing.
What defines a muscle strain?
In your lower back, a network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounds the spine and offers support, helping to carry the weight of your upper body. Unfortunately, this means that these tissues are under tremendous pressure each day and can be damaged or injured because of overuse or stress.
Muscle strains, or tears in the muscle fibers due to overuse, or lumbar sprains, excessive stretching or tearing of the ligaments that connect your bones, can occur relatively quickly. Most often, these injuries are due to improper and heavy lifting, sudden impacts to the lower back, or repetitive overuse that tears the tissue over time.
The two problems typically display very similar symptoms, including dull or aching pain, inflammation, stiffness, and spasms. Moving after experiencing a strain or sprain is often painful, especially when you move in certain ways. You may also have limited mobility due to swelling in the area. Pain may radiate into the hips and buttocks, depending on where the injury is located.
Chiropractic treatment for muscle strains and sprains
Injuries to the soft tissues in the lower back typically heal on their own in a few weeks. Unfortunately, the pain and mobility problems they cause may not be tolerable for that amount of time without some external assistance.
Heat and ice packs, low-impact exercise, and rest can each play a role in pain management immediately after an injury occurs. However, you may also want to reach out to a professional for additional pain relief methods, particularly if your injury is inhibiting your ability to work or perform everyday tasks. This is where a chiropractor may be able to help.
To treat strains and sprains in the lower back, chiropractors will usually stay away from their usual spinal manipulation techniques. The use of sudden force on the back may worsen the injury and cause additional pain.
Instead, your chiropractor may employ tissue massages to potentially alleviate inflammation and stiffness in the muscles and reduce the risk of cramps or spasms in the surrounding tissues. Gentle manipulation and spinal decompression techniques may also be used to ensure proper spinal alignment for easier movement.
Your chiropractor may also teach you physical therapy exercises and stretches designed to improve flexibility in your lower back and strengthen the tissues there for better support. Through education, gentle movements, and the release of tension, chiropractic may help your injury heal more easily while allowing you greater freedom.
If you’ve recently developed a muscle strain or sprain, don’t delay in having it assessed and treated. Contact Strong Life Chiropractic in Tampa and Lithia, FL! Our team of spinal experts uses scientific Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques, which focus on holistic patient wellness by targeting the problem at its source.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.
Dr Justin Scott, DC
Chiropractor and Clinical Director