Your lower back is prone to injury from routine movements you do every day. If bending, sitting, and twisting are becoming increasingly difficult due to chronic pain, the experienced orthopaedic specialists at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. can help. Whether you need a diagnosis of your condition or treatment for chronic low back pain, the team offers custom treatment plans at their office in San Diego to improve your overall health and functionality. Call the office or use online booking to schedule your evaluation for low back pain today.
Your lumbar, or lower back, region is flexible enough to let you twist, bend, sit, and stand. However, these motions can also cause strains in the muscle fibers that support your lower back. When these muscles stretch too far, they can tear and cause persistent pain.
You can also experience pain and other symptoms when the ligaments tear away from the bones they hold together.
In addition to persistent low back pain, you may also experience pain that radiates down into your buttocks and find moving your back into certain positions is increasingly difficult.
A lumbar strain can also cause stiffness and you may develop muscle spasms that worsen over time.
If your low back pain lasts for longer than 10 days, you should schedule an evaluation with San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. The skilled orthopaedic specialists can review your medical history and perform a physical exam of your low back. They may ask you to do certain movements to assess your range of motion and flexibility.
In some cases, imaging tests like X-rays or an MRI can be useful in ruling out other underlying conditions or confirming damage to your low back muscles.
Initially, your doctor at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. may recommend several days of rest and keeping the weight off your lower back as much as possible. They may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to keep you comfortable and reduce pain.
After a period of rest, you might need to start physical therapy to strengthen your lower back muscles and increase blood circulation to the area for more effective healing. You may also benefit from heat and ice therapy that can relax your muscles and prevent spasms.
Your doctor at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. can also recommend at-home exercises and other resources to prevent additional lumbar strains during everyday activities or while participating in sports.
Learn more about treatment options for lumbar strains by calling San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. or scheduling an appointment online today.