Sprains are an injury to a ligament, which are tough bands of tissue that link two bones together. Most commonly, sprains occur in the ankle or wrist and can be caused by a fall, twist, or sudden impact.
The Difference of Sprain and Strain
A strain refers to an injury to a muscle or tendon, which are the fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones. Back strains commonly occur when the muscle or tendon is stretched or pulled beyond its normal range of motion or subjected to excessive force. A sprain, on the other hand, refers to an injury to a ligament, which is the fibrous tissue that joins bones to one another and provides stability to joints. Sprains usually occur when a joint is twisted, bent, or subjected to a force that exceeds its normal range of motion.
How Long Does A Back Sprain Take To Heal?
Sprains of the back can often take a very long time to heal and, in most cases, call for several weeks or even months of rest and recuperation. When it comes to a back sprain, the amount of time it takes to recover entirely might range anywhere from a few days to many months, depending on the severity of the injury.
- spinal manipulation
- massage therapy
- ultrasound therapy
- rehabilitative exercises
- myofascial release
- trigger point therapy
- dry needling
- chiropractic care
There are many different types of exercises that can be used including:
- Core exercises
Strain is often associated with stress, which can have negative health implications if not managed carefully. In addition to causing physical ailments such as headaches and fatigue, prolonged stress can lead to anxiety and depression.
What Does Back Strain Feel Like?
Back strain is a common result of overexertion. It can cause pain, stiffness, difficulty moving the area affected, and even numbness or tingling sensations. Back strain can also present itself in other ways such as headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, or general fatigue.
Signs Of A Pulled Back Muscle
- sudden and severe pain in the lower or upper back
- bruising and redness at the location of the injury
- swelling and pain at the injury site
- tingling sensations
- reduced range of motion
Recovery could take anywhere from one to two weeks for a minor strain to heal, but more serious injuries could take as long as six weeks or longer.
Exercises such as moderate yoga postures, pelvic tilts, bridge pose, bird dog pose, cat-cow stretch, and Superman pose can increase flexibility and decrease discomfort.
Herniated discs are a common condition caused by an injury, strain, or trauma to the spine. This can ultimately lead to compression of the spinal nerves and/or the spinal cord.
- physical therapy
- chiropractic care
- spinal adjustments or manipulations
- pain that radiates from the back to arms, legs, neck, and shoulders
- Numbness and weakness in the affected area
- tingling sensations
- difficulty walking or standing straight
- loss of bladder or bowel control
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and issues it is important to seek medical attention right away as a herniated disc can become worse if left untreated.
Signs of Herniated Discs
- Pain in the back or neck
- Pain that radiates along the afflicted nerve pathway
- Sensations of numbness or tingling
- Weakness in the muscles
- Alterations in reflexes
- Pain when bending, lifting, or twisting
Degenerative Disc: Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a condition that causes the discs in the spinal column to become worn down or weakened due to age-related changes such as wear and tear, stress, and injury.
Symptoms can include discomfort, numbness, tingling, stiffness, and pain in the back or neck. Treatment options may include lifestyle modifications such as exercise or physical therapy, consistent chiropractic adjustments as well as medication or surgery.
Thinning Disc: Thinning discs are also known as “disc desiccation.” In this condition, the discs in the spine become thinner than normal due to age and wear and tear. Symptoms can include pain or numbness in the back, neck, or legs.
Bulging Disc: A bulging disc is a condition in which the discs of the spine become displaced and press on nearby tissues. Symptoms can include pain, numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in the arms or legs.
Slipped Disc: A slipped disc is a condition in which one of the discs in the spine has shifted out of place. Symptoms can include back pain, numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in the arms or legs. Chiropractors may employ manual mobilization techniques to improve joint mobility and reduce stiffness in the spine.