Whether you struggled to lift a heavy object or played a little too hard out on the football field, it’s all too easy for even the healthiest adults to ‘throw out,’ their backs. If you’re experiencing back muscle strain, you’re likely to face immediate pain, followed by days or weeks of soreness.
A thrown-out back occurs when a muscle, usually in the lumbar area, is pulled or strained. In most cases, the stretched or torn tissue will heal over time. Repeated injuries or failure to give the muscle time to recover could cause the tissue to become scarred and result in permanent damage.
While many people believe throwing out your back is part of aging, in fact, it’s often a sign of lifestyle choices that could be impacting your health. If you’re suffering from back muscle strain, Advanced Spine & Posture will take the opportunity to talk with you about lifestyle changes and proactive measures to improve your health. Our Las Vegas, NV clinic is no stranger to patients who have thrown out their back!
Treating strained back muscles
If you suspect you’ve thrown out your back, call your chiropractor and take their next available appointment. Chiropractic care holistically treats the muscles and nerves surrounding the spine. Seeking the help and expertise of your chiropractor can help you ensure your muscles heal correctly.
In the meantime, here are a few things you can do to treat your strain, until you have the opportunity to visit a chiropractor:
- Stop what you’re doing: The first thing you should do if you believe you’ve thrown out your back is stop and stand still. If you feel a strike of pain go through your back, don’t try to push through it. Instead, walk slowly to a safe area and sit down, with your back upright.
- Apply ice: Applying ice or cold packs to your injury is a great way to help reduce inflammation and ease soreness. Ice presses can also help you minimize potential tissue damage by slowing the flow of blood to the affected area.
- Sleep on your back: You’ll want to minimize activity around your back in the days following the injury. Sleep and rest on your back to reduce the amount of motion and to support the affected muscle.
- Ease back into exercise: Carefully ease yourself back into your daily routine. You shouldn’t expect to suddenly be able to return to intensive physical activity following a thrown-out back. You’ll have to ease back into your regular exercise regimen.
- Consider pain treatment: Your healthcare provider may be able to provide you with non-steroidal pain medication. They may recommend massage or supplements to help you manage pain, as well as or instead of traditional pain medication.
Advanced Spine & Posture understands the importance of chiropractic treatment for a thrown-out back. We’ve seen how debilitating it can be for our Las Vegas, NV patients! Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), we work to understand the full extent of your muscle strain and deliver targeted relief that gets you back on your feet.
Schedule a consultation today, before your back suffers any more than it already has!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.