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Acute Lumbosacral Strain- Injury of the Lower Back Muscles

About

A condition which occurs in case of an injury to the lower back muscles. It happens when the paraspinal muscles (which help support the spinal cord movements) get injured.

Acute Lumbosacral Strain is usually found in adults aged over 60 years. [1]

  • Acute Lumbosacral Strain is:
  • Treatable by a medical professional
  • Requires a medical diagnosis
  • Lab tests or imaging required
  • May or may not be cured within weeks

The risk of developing Acute Lumbosacral Strain is more in case of the following:

  • Older people
  • Males
  • Having a family history
  • A back injury in the past
  • Pregnancy
  • Spinal problems since birth

Symptoms

The common symptoms of Acute Lumbosacral Strain are:

  • Weakness or numbness in arms or legs
  • Difference in bowel and bladder movements
  • Unconsciousness or lack of breath or dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Discoloration of legs or toes
  • Fever

Treatment

Self-care: Avoiding physical activities or movements which might worsen the condition, adopting cold and warm compresses alternatively for relief, using anti-inflammatory medications and gentle stretching can help in reducing the pain.

Medication: Depending upon the level of disorder, doctors may prescribe muscle relaxants for treating Lumbosacral strain or Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS). Sometimes they may also suggest physical therapy for this condition.

Specialists: Usually, surgical intervention is not needed in this case but if the condition worsens in spite of medication, then doctors may recommend consulting a neurosurgeon.
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