Torn Muscle in the Back
Nothing can shut down your physical activity quicker than acute lower back pain. The biggest causes of that pain are torn ligaments or muscles. Ligaments are fibrous cords linking to bones and cartilage, and they are designed to limit certain movements that can cause injury. But they are not particularly flexible, making them susceptible to tears. Muscle tears occur most often from sports or accidental injuries. Whether you are a weekend warrior, routine fitness buff, or just everyday active, practicing these tips can help you prevent back pain from torn muscles and ligaments.
Always Warm Up During Practice
Before any physical activity, it is essential to warming up your body’s muscles. The warmer your muscles are, the more flexible and less prone they are to injury. Try performing 10 – 15 jumping jacks to activate your muscles, then move onto stretches. Touching your toes and holding for several minutes, allowing your back to stretch and relax will expand your back’s flexibility. Alternating arm stretches over your head to stretch out the right side and left side of your back will also help reduce post-game stiffness.
Be Aware of Specific Sport Injuries
As different sports use different muscles, it’s important to know which muscles you use most and how to prevent overusing them. While soccer and lacrosse deal with twisting and turning, running involves repetitive impact. Baseball and golf can overextend your back, using a forced rotation of the spine. Remember to engage in stretches that loosen the muscles you’re relying on for your activity.
Stop Activity When in Pain
If something doesn’t feel right, stop physical activity that puts you further at risk of injury. At the sudden onset of pain, take a break and rest. Pain medications like Ibuprofen or Tylenol can reduce inflammation. Placing a heating pad on the tender area can calm and loosen your muscles to reduce stiffness.
If back pain does not subside after 48 hours, consult your doctor to determine the extent of damage. Serious muscle tears require surgery, but many muscle tears can be treated with chiropractic care. Patients treated by a chiropractor within 10 days of an episode were less likely to need imaging, injections, prescription medications and surgery.
Our chiropractors at Advanced Spine and Posture offer traditional chiropractic adjusting techniques in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as integrating cutting edge exercise and traction methods (Chiropractic BioPhysics) that have been shown through research to provide continued relief at long term follow-up.
If you live in the Las Vegas metropolitan area and you are experiencing back pain or have been diagnosed with a torn back muscle, consider contacting Advanced Spine and Posture. Our team of experienced corrective chiropractors, physical therapists, nurses and doctors can determine whether you are a candidate for Chiropractic BioPhysics.