Back/Spine Strain

Also known as: lower back strain, pulled back muscle.

What is back/spine strain?

A back or spine strain occurs when the muscles in the lower back get stretched too far or torn. This results in damage to the muscle fibers and can cause pain, among other symptoms.

What causes back/spine strain?

Back or spine strains can occur due to repetitive motion, such as lifting or twisting. A fall, sudden movement or direct impact to the back can also cause a strain.

What are the symptoms of back/spine strain?

Pain, soreness, muscle spasms and difficulty with walking or movement are common symptoms of back strain.

What are back/spine strain care options?

Rest, massage, chiropractic care, pain-relieving medication and stretching exercises are all possible therapies for back strain.


Reviewed by: Stephen G George, MD

This page was last updated on: September 09, 2020 11:27 AM

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