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Lumbar Strain
(Back Strain)


A lumbar strain results from injury to the muscles or ligaments around the spinal column (vertebrae).

Causes & Symptoms

Injury can results from muscle injury due to impact, stretching, bending, or muscle imbalance from degenerative spine conditions. Symptoms include spasms and swelling.

Evaluation & Treatment

Evaluation includes a detailed history and examination. Special maneuvers including strength, sensation, and reflexes testing are done. X-rays are evaluated to check the alignment of the bones.

Initial treatment includes rest, ice, and compression, lumbar support, and physical therapy. Preventative treatment focuses on core strengthening and includes stretching and strengthening of the trunk muscles, hamstrings, and quadriceps.