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Strained Back Chronic Overview

Another name for Strained Back Chronic is Chronic Back Strain or Sprain.

What is chronic back strain or sprain?
A person with a chronic back strain or sprain has recurrent back pain caused by back strain or back sprain. Back strain describes a torn or stretched muscle in the back, while a back sprain describes a torn or stretched ligament in the back. Sprains occur when the back moves beyond the normal range of motion. Back strains and sprains are two of the most common occupational injuries.

What are the symptoms of chronic back strain or sprain?
Common symptoms of a chronic back strain or sprain include back pain and stiffness that worsens with activity. In someone with chronic back strain or sprain, bones, muscles or ligaments may place pressure on the spinal nerves or spinal cord. This may result numbness, weakness, and pain that travels down the leg.

How does the doctor treat chronic back strain or sprain?
Treatment for a chronic 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: Nov 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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