At Muscle Lab, Pasadena we care why you're in pain and thats why our recovery plan begins with a treatment assessment. During this time we want to know more about any possible injuries leading to your pain, your back pain symptoms and any health conditions you may have.
TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR YOUR LOWER BACK PAIN:
LOWER BACK PAIN
Suffering from lower back pain is unfortunately common among people of all ages; whether you play sports, lift weights, suffered an injury or simply have muscle tension. Low back pain stems from a variety of causes, we'll firstly take a look at the muscle groups that are causing you discomfort. Your back is composed of many muscles that aid in helping the spine adequately function.
We will take a closer look at extensor muscles, flexor muscles and oblique muscles since injury to these generally leads to low back pain. We must also note that various ligaments and nerves run through this area that may be associated to muscle pain. Knowing your low back pain is the first step towards treating your low back pain.
TYPES OF LOW BACK MUSCLES
Extensor Muscles run along and attach to the back of the spinal cord. Specifically known as erector spinae, these muscles aid in holding up the spinal column and gluteal muscles. The extensor muscles enable the motions of lifting objects and standing erect.
Flexor Muscles have an attachment to the front of the spine, this group runs from the thighs up to the low back. Flexor muscles are composed of the ilacus, psoas and rectus femorus. The flexor muscles enable the motions of bending at the waist, i.e bringing your knees to your chest.
Oblique Muscles have attachments on the sides of the spine and are composed of the external obliques and internal obliques. These muscles are responsible for rotation of the spinal column and aids in maintaining proper posture.
CAUSES OF LOWER BACK PAIN
The causes of lower back pain are nearly endless and fairly common. Most people suffer from back pain due to injury from car accidents, incorrectly lifting heavy items or poor posture from hunching over. Other causes may be from a disc injury associated with chronic back pain such as a bulging disc, herniated disc, degenerative disc, thinning discs or spinal stenosis.
If you've recently had an intense workout, fell or carried heavy items through the day, your back problems may be due to a muscle strain or sprains. A strain happens when the muscle is stretched too far causing a tear in your muscle. Sprains however, are damage to the ligaments in your low back due to over stretching or tearing. The ligaments in your back are what aid in connecting your muscles to your spinal cord.
Movements such as bending over and twisting rapidly, overloading your back with stress and sports injuries are often the culprit of your back pain. Whether it's a strain or a sprain the treatment methods are generally the same but require consistency in order to fully heal.
SYMPTOMS OF LOWR BACK PAIN
The signs and symptoms of lower back pain are often associated with a loss in mobility and an increase in nerve pain. General back pain and chronic back pain are both highly treatable with different levels of intervention.
General Back Pain
General back pain is less invasive as it's often stimulated by overloading the body. If you suffer from general back pain you may be experiencing a lack of mobility leading to stiffness, radiating or shooting pain, burning or stabbing sensations.
Chronic Back Pain
Your chronic low back pain likely affects your day to day activities due to its consistency. If you suffer from chronic back pain you may be experiencing loss in mobility, degeneration of muscle tissue, constant radiating or shooting pains and burning sensations in your leg. Other symptoms include numbness, tingling and leg weakness. Any of these symptoms may be indications of a more invasive issue and a stable recovery plan is likely needed.