Low back sprains and strains are one of the most common causes of lower back pain. We often see patients seeking treatment for low back sprains and strains at our San Francisco-based clinics. The back is carrying all of your weight from the moment you get out of bed, through your entire day and repeat. We rely on and put stress on our back to help us perform our daily movements and more. A back sprain occurs when the muscle fibers are unnaturally stretched or torn and a back strain is a result of ligaments that are torn from their attachments.
Symptoms of Low Back Sprains and Strains
Both low back strains and low back sprains are typically caused by injury or overuse and will generate signs of inflammation and pain. This is also common in athletes and active lifestyles .
Here are some symptoms you might experience.
- Low back pain – may also radiate into the glutes but not the legs
- Low back stiffness
- Muscle spasms
- Restricting range of motion
- Persisting pain for longer than 2 weeks
How Can You Prevent Low Back Sprains and Strains?
There is no magic spell to prevent and cure our aches and pains. Chiropractors are specialists of the body, we know how the body can heal itself when we properly give it the tools to do so. Nutrition, exercise, and healthy habits are key to preventing these kinds of sprains, strains, and pains. If you are in pain and waiting to see a doctor, try using a back brace to help support the spine in the meantime.
Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Sprains and Strains in San Francisco
First off, one our our main treatment suggestions is: rest, rest, rest. This is the #1 recommendation for back sprains and strains for patients that we see at one of our San Francisco locations. Often times people ignore their symptoms, prolong treatment, and make the problem worse. Take a moment to rest until you get your back checked out by a professional. When you visit SFCC we will do a full body health scan to assess your pain point and overall health. Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy are a couple of options we might use for your treatment. Every patient gets a custom treatment plan with us to best help heal their body.