Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Injured Low Back Overview

Another name for Injured Low Back is Back Injury.

What is a back injury?
A person with a back injury has damage to the structures that make up the back: bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, disks or spinal cord. The acute lumbar strain is probably the most common back injury. Soft tissue back injuries include stab wounds, lacerations, abrasions, and puncture wounds.

What are the symptoms of a back injury?
Common symptoms of a back injury include back pain, back stiffness, and tenderness overlying the back muscles. Symptoms of a more serious injury include: severe back pain that shoots down the leg, leg numbness, or leg weakness.

How does the doctor treat a back injury?
Most minor back injuries 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: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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