Back sprain is an injury that occurs to tendons or muscles. Due to a back sprain, the muscles and tendons supporting your spine are pulled or twisted. Back ligament sprain is the tearing or stretching of a ligament. Both of them can result from gradual overuse or a sudden injury.
Your back is a very complex structure of muscle and bone, supported by cartilage, ligaments and tendons, and it is fed by a network of nerves and blood vessels. Your back, especially your lower back or lumbar, bears much of your body’s weight during lifting, running, walking and other activities. That is why injuries that occur to the lower back, like strains and back ligament sprains, are common.
• Pain that often persists for 10 to 14 days when you move.
• Muscle spasms either at rest or during activity.
• Being unable to maintain normal posture as a result of pain or stiffness or both.
• Stiffness in your low back area, which restricts range of movement.
• Low back pain (LBP) that may spread into your buttocks, but doesn’t affect your legs.
Usually, testing is not necessary, unless you have felt pain for more than 14 days, and the pain hasn’t improved as expected. It’s important to rule out all the underlying causes like an undetected disc injury. A chiropractor may order the following common tests if symptoms are persistent:
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): A diagnostic test used in radiology to produce 3D pictures of your body structure using powerful magnets together with computer technology. It can show your spinal cord, nerve roots, plus surrounding areas, and also tumours, degeneration and enlargement.
X-ray- A form of EMR (electromagnetic radiation) applied to produce a picture or a film of a part of your body. It can be used to show the outline of your joints and the structure of your vertebrae. X-rays of your spine can be obtained to look for any other potential cause of pain, such as fractures, infection or tumours.
Complications associated with back sprains and strains
A reduction in activity is the most common complication due to back sprain or strain, which can result in loss of bone density, weight gain and loss of muscle flexibility and strength in other areas of your body.
Have bed rest for a short period, from 1-3 days. This has to be brief because prolonged bed rest may increase muscle stiffness and can result in a loss of muscle strength, adding to discomfort and pain.
Chiropractic care like that offered at Spine Scan Chiropractic is recommended; Dr Adam Rocchi will perform an in-depth evaluation with his system. This combined with the diagnosis will determine a treatment that is specifically designed for you. The treatment plan can involve computerised impulses using a state of the art instrument with no rotation or cracking and manual adjustments using a Thompson table, where he will manipulate your joints, using a controlled and sudden light force to improve quality and range of motion. Your chiropractor may also incorporate exercise/rehabilitation, ice/heat and nutritional counselling into the treatment plan.
At Spine Scan Chiropractic, Dr Rocchi uses the Trigenics Neurological treatment system to treat back ligament sprains. Trigenics provides benefits that include immediate pain relief on most occasions as well as improvement in strength and flexibility of core muscles that are neurologically challenged.
The purpose of chiropractic care mainly includes the restoration of function plus prevention of injury in the future as well as back pain relief. Speak to the experts in back ligament sprain treatment by calling Spine Scan on 08 6150 8785 today.