Chronic Lumbosacral Strain Treatment
Treatment for a chronic back strain or sprain often includes avoiding activities that cause pain and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Severe pain or muscle spasm may require treatment with narcotic pain medication and muscle relaxant medications. Physical therapy provides muscle stretching and muscle strengthening exercises, which relieve stress on the bones of the spine and approve alignment of the spine. With therapy, most people with chronic back strain or sprain are able to continue with normal activities.
Treatment for chronic back strain or sprain may include:
- Rest the back:
- Avoid bedrest.
- Avoid activities that cause back pain.
- Cold compresses
- Warm compresses
- Back stretching exercises
- Back range of motion exercises
- Acetaminophen for pain
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
Additional treatment may also include:
- Muscle relaxants for chronic back strain:
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Massage therapy for the back
- Physical therapy for the back:
- Back strengthening exercises
- Core strengthening exercises
- Back stretching exercises
- Ultrasound therapy
Chronic Lumbosacral Strain Drugs
Medications for chronic back strain or sprain include:
Chronic Lumbosacral Strain Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a chronic back strain or sprain.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Chronic Lumbosacral Strain Specialist
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