Strains and Sprains of the Lower Back

Lower back pain is unfortunately very common within patients over a range of ages and conditions. This pain is often caused by sprains and strains occurring in the lower back region. Experiencing lower back pain Chicago? Free Body Physical Therapy is here to help guide you towards a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle! Continue reading on to learn more about strains and sprains of the lower back and how physical therapists here at Free Body PT can help you. 

Common Causes for Lower Back Pain Chicago 

One of the primary essential causes of back pain is strains and sprains that can occur throughout your lower back.  Most back pain is a result of an injury, usually occurring due to sudden movements or poor body placement when attempting to lift heavy objects. A lumbar sprain occurs when ligaments are torn from their attachments while a lumbar strain develops after the muscle is stretched abnormally. Both sprains and strains can cause debilitating pain. This type of back pain may last between a few days to a few weeks, however, if the pain lasts longer than 3 months, it is considered chronic pain. 

Symptoms of Back Pain

Common symptoms that can occur from strains and sprains in the lower back region may include but are not limited to: 

  • Muscle aches 
  • Shooting or stabbing pain 
  • Pain that radiates down your leg 
  • Pain that increases with bending, lifting, standing or walking 
  • Pain that improves with reclining 
  • Stiffness, restricting range of motion 
  • Muscle spasms either during activity or rest 

How Can I Relieve My Back Pain? 

Before going any further, attempt to determine the cause of your pain so you can properly treat it to overtime. If you’re unsure, it could be very beneficial to seek assistance or an evaluation from a physical therapist at Free Body Physical Therapy who specializes in lower back pain Chicago. Movement is the best medicine to relieve your pain. Here are some helpful stretches and exercises for you to try: 

  • Bridges 
  • Knee to chest 
  • Press-up back extensions 
  • Bird dogs 
  • Partial crunches 
  • Pelvic tilts 
  • Wall sits 
  • Hip stretches 

Experiencing lower back pain Chicago? Visit our website or schedule an appointment at Free Body Physical Therapy today!