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Lower Back Strain

Lower back pain is a very common problem and it is estimated that more than 80% of us will experience lower back pain at some time.

One of the most common causes of our back pain is a straining of the muscles, ligaments or joints in the lower back. This is called a back strain.

The main symptom of lower back strain is an ache and stiffness often with pain which interferes with our work and other activities. Low back strain can be caused by:

• Sporting injury

• Bending or crouching repeatedly for example gardening.

• Incorrect lifting technique.

• Extreme physical exertion.

• Bad Posture

• Sitting awkwardly for example at your laptop or computer.

Remember that low back strain is not the only cause for back pain. There are many other causes, such as slipped discs, fractures, pinched nerves, arthritis, and infections. You should always consult a medical expert for an accurate diagnosis.

What Does Low Back Strain Feel Like?

Symptoms of low back strain include:

• Pain and stiffness in the back.

• Ache and stiffness across the lower back


What's the Treatment for Low Back Strain?

See below for the Pain Guru's helpful advice and tips.


Low back strain can be a painful and depressing injury. But the good news is that most cases heal and to help speed up the healing process, you could...

• Ice your back to reduce pain and swelling as soon as you injure yourself. Do it for 15-20 minutes every 2 hours for the first 48 hours. You can also ice your back after physical activity as practiced by many professional sportsmen and women as a preventative form of injury treatment.

• Apply heat to your back - but only after 2-3 days of icing it first. Use heat on your back only after the initial swelling has gone down.

• Take painkillers or other drugs, if recommended by your doctor.

• Use a Back support. Use it only short-term or for support with heavy or repetitive lifting.

• Try to remain lightly active. Do not stay in bed or on the couch all day. Most studies show that light activity speeds your healing and your recovery.

• Maintain a correct posture when standing and sitting; don't slouch.

• Consult a medical expert. If in doubt see your doctor.”