What To Do About LBP

Lower back pain (LBP) occurs for multiple reasons, including osteoporosis, weakness, or sports injury. A back sprain occurs as a result of a torn ligament. Visiting a doctor for lower back pain depends on the severity and duration of the symptoms.


Causes of back sprains

Back sprains are commonly caused by several factors that put undue strain on the muscles and ligaments in the back. One of the most frequent causes is the improper handling of heavy objects, such as lifting with a bent back instead of squatting and using the legs. Sudden, awkward movements can also lead to sprains, particularly when the back muscles are not prepared for a quick action. Poor posture over time, whether sitting or standing, can weaken back muscles and ligaments, making injury more likely. Additionally, physical activities or sports that involve twisting, pulling, or pushing movements can strain the back, especially if one does not regularly engage in such activities or fails to warm up properly. Finally, a lack of regular exercise can lead to weak back muscles, increasing the risk of sprains.

Fixing lower back sprain

Back strain and sprain are treated in a very similar way. In the first 24-48 hours of the back injury, conservative methods such as rest, ice application, and medications are applied. The commonly used medication is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to provide symptomatic relief. After 48 hours, resuming normal activities is recommended and within 2 weeks, a lower back sprain is usually recovered. If the symptoms persist for over 2 weeks, visiting a doctor is advisable.

Seeing an orthopedic doctor

If the pain is severe, persistent, or worsening over time, make an appointment to see an orthopedic surgeon. Nerve involvement is likely if the sprain is accompanied by symptoms like numbness, tingling, or weakness in the limbs, Additionally, if the pain limits daily activities, affects walking or maintaining balance, always seek medical advice. In cases where home remedies like rest, ice, or over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers do not provide relief after a few days, a consultation with an orthopedic doctor can help diagnose the issue more accurately and suggest appropriate treatment. Living in pain is unnecessary.

Avoid future problems

Take extra care and precautions to help lessen the risk of a back sprain. Staying physically active and stretching exercises will help keep joints and muscles healthy. Eat healthy, maintain a good weight, and avoid smoking cigarettes. Practice good posture when walking, sitting, standing, or lifting, and take safety measures such as wearing proper shoes.

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