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Back Pain after Lifting Overview

What is back pain after lifting?
A person with back pain after lifting has discomfort in the back that has developed within 24 hours of lifting an object. These injuries often involve the muscles of the lower back. An acute lumbar strain is the most common back injury that is associated with lifting.

What are the symptoms of back pain after lifting?
Common symptoms of back pain after lifting include back pain, back stiffness, and tenderness overlying the back muscles on either side of the spine. Symptoms of a more serious injury include: midline bony tenderness and severe back pain that shoots down the leg. Other more serious symptoms include leg numbness and leg weakness.

How does the doctor treat back pain after lifting?
Most minor back strains can be treated with rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain control. Other treatments may include physical therapy, narcotic pain medications, and ultrasound therapy.

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Last Updated: Nov 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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