A Lumbar Strain/Sprain is caused by the tearing or damage to the muscular tissues that surround the Lumbar region. There are various muscles and connective tissues in this region, and they are involved in the balancing and movement of the upper body. When you bend or twist your lumbar area, repetitively or sharply, you may cause damage to these tissues, and you will have a lot of pain in the region. The pain may make it very difficult to bend, or assume positions that you normally do without any pain. The condition can be caused by misalignment of the tissues from any traumatic event, such as an accident, or lifting a weight that you are not used to lifting. Chiropractic care can help in rectifying the condition, so you should visit a specialist as soon as the injury occurs.
Treatments for a Lumbar Strain/Sprain
Research has shown that Lumbar Strain/Sprain can be better treated using Chiropractic means rather than Allopathic ones; these are those which use anti-inflammatory medicines and analgesics, commonly known as pain killers. The chiropractor will do an examination, and also take X-rays in order to diagnose the condition. The examination will be done to see if there are C-shaped deformations on the spine, also known as subluxations. The X-rays will help in seeing how serious the injury is, especially to the connective and contractile tissues in the region, so the specialist can know how to proceed. The best treatment for this condition is going through a series of lumbar adjustments. These will deal with any subluxations of the spine, and also help in reducing the pain in the lower back. Other treatments will be performed, to help the muscles relax, and to restore the functioning of nerves in the region, and also help with increasing the range of motion, to bring it back to normal. The length of treatment will depend on the severity of the injury, and can last from 6 weeks to 6 months.
Post-treatment and preventive habits prescribed for Lumbar Strain/Sprain
Spinal injuries are not always preventable, but with the proper care, you can avoid them and live without any serious problems of the spine. You need to adopt a healthy posture in everything that you do. When lifting heavy objects, bend the knees first, and then lift through the full movement till you are upright. When seating, try and avoid slouching forward. You should exercise your back and abdominal muscles to make sure that they can comfortably handle stressful and strenuous movement. Keep a healthy body weight, which can easily be supported by your skeletal frame including the spine. If you are a regular sports person, then you must always wear the required safety equipment.
A Lumbar Strain/Sprain can be very painful, with the pain sometimes radiating into your ribcage, or buttocks, and this can be very uncomfortable. You need to get chiropractic care, should you do anything that results in a sharp pain in this region, followed by a dull ache which seems to last throughout the day. Dr. Hamilton D.C., is an expert chiropractor running a chiropractic and acupuncture clinic in Aurora Colorado. Having a Lumbar Sprain/Strain can greatly affect how you move and work. It can make it painful to be seated, or even stand straight. Seek Dr. Hamilton at his practice found on the Eastside of the Denver Metro, serving Commerce City, Aurora, Denver, Centennial, and Parker.