In most instances, acute lower back pain is caused by damage to the ligaments and/or muscles in that area. Though a strained muscle doesn’t really sound like a major injury, the severity of the lower back pain that results from it, can be pretty significant; a number of ER room visits are caused by back strains.
Types of Back Pain
Typically, there are 2 types of lower back pain:
- A muscle strain occurs when there is over-stretching of the muscle, or if there is a tear in it; this damages the muscle fibers and is also commonly referred to as a muscle pull
- A person is said to have suffered a lumbar sprain when the ligaments gets excessively stretched, or when they tear. Ligaments are the fibrous, tough connecting tissues which are the connectors of the bones
When the ligaments or the muscles of the lower back are torn or strained, the area all around the muscles tends to become inflamed. It is this inflammation which results in a back spasm; in turn, this spasm can cause difficulty in moving and causes severe lower back pain.
How you can hurt your back while moving
Lower back pain that is caused by a muscle strain typically occurs when undue stress is put on the lower back. When you are moving, it’s natural that you will sometimes try to lift heavy objects; or you may twist when you are lifting, or you may suffer a sudden fall or movement. In short, any type of jarring movements or a sudden impact can result in you hurting your back.
Low Back Pain – The Symptoms
- Typically, pain from any pulled muscle continues to stay in the back- it doesn’t really radiate through the body
- Your lower back might feel sore when you touch it
- The pain tends to come on suddenly
- There could be accompanying muscle spasms
- You will feel much better when resting and will find walking or standing difficult
- Though the severity of the pain won’t last for too long, you may feel intermitted stabs of pain; these may continue for a few weeks to months
Fortunately, back muscle pains heal with time; most of them heal within just a few days and almost all of them are resolved within 3-4 weeks. Since the lower back has large muscles, these bring in a very good supply of blood to that area; this brings in the required proteins and nutrients which helps in faster healing.
Things to do if you hurt your back moving boxes
- Take some pain medication (like acetaminophen); this hinders the pain signals from getting transmitted to the brain
- You can take some kind of anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen/oral steroids – these reduce the local inflammation, which is actually causing the pain
- Muscle relaxants, may be prescribed on a very short-term; these help relieve the severe lower back pain that may be associated with muscle spasms
- Massage can help promote the flow of blood in the lower back. This loosens the muscles in the lower back, releases endorphins and helps healing
- Chiropractic treatment can also help; gentle manipulation can help loosen tightened back muscles; this promotes healing of the lower back
- Applying ice packs helps reduce inflammation – this is quite helpful if used soon after the injury
- Later, you can apply heat to your lower back – this is more of a long-term therapy to stimulate the flow of blood and helps heal the injured area
If you find that the lower back pain episodes last for over 2 weeks, it can result in weakening of the muscles. In this case, it’s best to consult a doctor and get further treatment. If you are moving and need the services of reliable professionals for the job, call No Worries Removals at 1300 450 889.
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