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Lumbar Strain Overview

Another name for Lumbar Strain is Acute Back Strain or Sprain.

What is an acute back strain or sprain?
A person with an acute back strain has stretched or torn muscles in the back. A person with an acute back sprain has stretched or torn the ligaments that support the back.

What are the symptoms of an acute back strain or sprain?
Common symptoms of an acute back strain or sprain include back pain and stiffness that worsens with activity.

How does the doctor treat an acute back strain or sprain?
Treatment of an acute back strain or sprain includes rest, stretching exercises, and pain medications. Physical therapy may include muscle stretching and muscle strengthening exercises.

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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