Posted by Ebrahim Lavi on 3/4/2014
“The Lower Back”
Spring is here, and with
it comes all of the activities we have waited all winter for. The problem is,
our lower backs may not be ready for them.
This lumbar region is designed for
structural support and protection through a wide variety of movements. Many
components of this region can cause problems; vertebrae, discs, ligaments, the
spinal cord, other nerves and the surrounding musculature.
Lumbar Strain, both
acute and chronic, is by far the most common cause of lower back pain. It
involves a stretching type injury to the ligaments, tendons or muscles of the
lower back. This stretching causes tiny tears in the soft tissue, resulting in
lower back pain. Common causes of these types of injuries include over use of
the lower back, improper use of the lower back, and trauma to the lower back.
Treatment for this type of injury usually includes rest, medication for pain
and muscle spasm, application of heat, massage, and eventually exercise.
Possible future injury may be minimized through the use of specific bending and
lifting techniques and support devices.