Have you ever suddenly felt pain in your lower back and found yourself unable to move when lifting something heavy?
This sudden onset of lower back pain is called strained lower back.
This time we will explain about the treatment of strained lower back.
What is a strained back?
A strained lower back is a condition in which you suddenly experience severe pain in your lower back, making it difficult to move.
A strained back often occurs when you do these kinds of movements or actions.
・When you suddenly lift something heavy
・When you try to pick up something far away and force yourself to bend forward.
・When you twist your upper body while holding something heavy
・When twisting the upper body
・When you try to get up in the morning
・When you suddenly experience severe pain in your lower back while playing sports
・When you arch your back vigorously
One of the characteristics of strained back is repetition. After it happens once, it is easy to recur, so you need to be careful in your daily life.
Causes of strained back
There are three main causes of strained backs.
Strain back caused by intervertebral discs
Intervertebral discs have a structure called the nucleus pulposus in the center and the annulus fibrosus surrounding it.
If a strong impact is applied to the intervertebral disc, such as by lifting something heavy or twisting suddenly, the annulus fibrosus may be damaged or cracked. The nucleus pulposus leaks out through the crack, causing inflammation and severe pain.
Inflammation will subside naturally if left untreated, but the injured annulus fibrosus will not heal on its own. As a result, the strained back is repeated.
Strained back caused by facet joints
There are facet joints in the spine, and when they become inflamed, it can cause severe pain. This is called facet joint disorder and is one of the causes of strained lower back.
Strain back caused by fascia and muscles
Severe pain that occurs in an instant due to a tear in the muscles that move and support the lower back, such as the erector spinae, multifidus, and quadratus lumborum muscles, or damage to the membrane that covers the muscles. there is. This is also one of the causes of strained backs.
Treatment for strained back
Because the strained back is repeated, it interferes with daily life.
So how can we cure it quickly?
When a strained back occurs, it is often impossible to move. First of all, you need rest. It will be easier if you lie on your side and curl your hips. If you force yourself to move at this time, you may actually make the symptoms worse.
If you get a strained back while going out, it is dangerous to drive yourself, so ask a taxi or a friend to take you there.
to relieve pain
While you are resting at home, it is best to relieve the pain with a compress. A strained back may be inflamed, so treat it with a cold compress that has anti-inflammatory properties.
It is common to warm up the affected area by taking a bath, etc., but this can easily have the opposite effect, so avoid using too much heat at first.
Do not perform massages while resting. Be careful if you or your family members massage the affected area on their own, as this may cause the condition to worsen.
When the pain subsides
Once the pain subsides in a few days, start moving little by little. However, don’t overdo it. Start walking around your home little by little while monitoring the degree of pain.
It is also important to visit a hospital and undergo tests. It is important to go to the hospital to find out the cause and receive treatment to prevent recurrence.
Treatment at our clinic
Our clinic provides treatment for strained backs caused by intervertebral discs.
The nucleus pulposus, which is the cushioning component of the intervertebral disc, leaks out little by little, and the disc gradually collapses. When an intervertebral disc collapses, it can cause various diseases.
With our clinic’s Cellgel method, we inject a drug that fills the cracked part of the intervertebral disc, and it turns into a gel to repair the crack, making it possible to perform fundamental treatment. The disc volume does not decrease, and the drug remains in the disc as a gel-like implant after treatment, so the disc is preserved.
In addition, our clinic also carries out “low back pain specialized rehabilitation” which can treat strained lower backs caused by facet joints and strained lower backs caused by fascia and muscles.
If you are worried about a strained back, please consider seeing a doctor at our clinic.