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Back Strains

A low back strain occurs when the muscle fibres are abnormally stretched or torn; a lumbar sprain occurs when the ligaments are torn from their attachments. Differentiating a strain from a sprain can be difficult, as they display similar symptoms. Fortunately, the treatment and prognosis for both conditions are the same. Both injuries belong to a category called ‘musculoligamentous injuries’ of the lumbar spine.


Back strains are usually caused by lifting heavy objects with a bent spine. They might also be caused by extreme motion, such as when dancing or performing certain sports or martial arts.


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Recommended treatment

Treatment can include one or more of the following:

  • Rest
  • Massage
  • Physiotherapy
  • Manipulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Electrotherapy
  • Exercise Programmes

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