The commonly prescribed treatment for muscle strain is pain killers but these medicines only block out the pain without addressing the root cause of the problem which is the injury.
Over 90% of all muscle injuries are caused by strains and the back is one of the most common sites for a strain. Here are some treatments that focus on repairing damaged tissue.
A muscle strain is caused by overusing a muscle or using it in the wrong way and while rest is essential during the initial stage, it is equally important to transition to the ‘active recovery’ stage. Spine specialists will suggest stretching and flexibility exercises based on the severity of your muscle strain so that you don’t cause additional damage to the injured muscle.
Active compression improves blood flow in the injured area, which allows more oxygen to reach damaged tissues and this results in a shorter recovery time. Compression also helps to reduce swelling which in turn, reduces pain and discomfort.
As your muscle strain heals, it is important to keep it flexible to prevent secondary problems such as a stiff back. Spine specialists will recommend exercises that you can continue to practice in order to make sure that the strained muscle heals completely so that there is no chance of a re-injury at the same location.
If the pain from a strained back muscle keeps increasing or if you start to experience bladder issues, you should consult a spine specialist right away for a definite diagnosis