Symptoms: Lumbar Muscle Strain is the classic lower back pain—a mild but persistent pain in the lower back area.
Overview: Your lumbar spine can be located by feeling for the bumps in your spine immediately above the buttocks. There are many muscles surrounding the lumbar spine, and when one (or more) of them is stretched or torn, it’s called a strain. When these muscles are strained they can make everyday activities that involve the lower back painful and difficult.
Some of the more frequent causes of lumbar muscle strain include direct trauma to the back, lifting heavy objects and repeated injury to the lower back. Poor posture can also lead to lumbar muscle strain over time.
Lumbar muscle strains are classified as either acute or chronic. Acute strains are those that occur after a single movement, like a sudden twist or bend that causes immediate pain. Usually, the pain diminishes fairly quickly, but returns later accompanied by stiffness. If the injury isn’t great, the pain will usually subside in a few days.
Chronic strains develop from repeatedly tearing the muscles around the spine. Repetitive acute strains can lead to chronic strain. Many people who suffer from chronic strains usually find they tend to modify their daily activities in order to avoid flare-ups, thus inhibiting what they can do and what they want to do.
Whether you suffer from acute or chronic lumbar muscle strain, it is important to consult with Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C. She can determine the cause of your strain, and design an effective plan to decrease your pain, improve your muscle function and restore your comfort, your over all functional capacity, and your way of life!