Pulled Back Muscle – Frisco, TX
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Pulled Back Muscle

The spinal column is supported and surrounded by various muscles, ligaments as well as nerves. Straining or tearing of any of these structures is called a Pulled Back Muscle. It is a common problem that people tend to experience at some point in life irrespective of age or gender. It causes back pain (upper or lower back) and limits the patient’s ability to perform normal routine tasks. The condition may lead to instability of the spine, inflammation and consequent pain. While the effects of a mild strain can be cured within a few days, a severe stretch in the muscles can take months to heal.

Causes Of Pulled Back Muscle

  • Weakening of the back muscles with age
  • Injury to the back
  • Daily activities can cause a muscle pull
  • Excessive physical  exertion or fatigue
  • Lifting heavy weights
  • Sudden jerks felt in the back can strain a muscle
  • Fall
  • Bending repeatedly
  • Bad posture
  • Physical and emotional stress
  • Obesity
  • Sitting in the same position for long hours
  • Sedentary lifestyle and lack of activity
  • Sports injury

Symptoms Of Pulled Back Muscle

  • Sudden, debilitating or mild pain
  • Stiffness
  • Coughing, bending, sitting or sneezing can worsen the pain
  • Pain may radiate to the thighs, buttocks and the back of the legs, shoulders and neck
  • Numbness or weakness
  • The back may feel sore when touched
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain may reduce after resting and aggravate during physical activity
  • Feeling of being knotted up

Diagnosis Of Pulled Back Muscle

  • Thorough physical examination of the patient and symptoms experienced
  • X-ray imaging to check for bone damage
  • MRI scan may reveal soft tissue and muscle damage
  • CT scans may be required in some cases

Treatment For Pulled Back Muscle

  • Use of prescribed pain killers and anti-inflammatory medicines for relief
  • Muscle relaxants may be prescribed for a short term
  • Ice packs may be applied at regular intervals
  • Heat packs may help to promote blood flow and relax the muscles. It should be done after the swelling subsides
  • Use of a brace may be recommended for a short period to support the back
  • Physical therapy may be helpful in strengthening the back and enhancing flexibility
  • Specific exercises may be recommended to strengthen the abdominal and hamstring muscles
  • Surgery may be required in case of severely torn muscles or ligaments

For treatment of Pulled Back Muscle, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with our spine specialists, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.