Strained back muscle treatment

If you are experiencing back pain, muscle treatment such as exercise and stretching may be just the thing you need to regain your active lifestyle. In many cases, back pain results from straining of muscles in the back. For back pain that lasts more than a few days to a week, you should visit your primary care doctor to ensure that a more serious issue isn’t the cause of your pain.

Upon diagnosis, your doctor will usually help develop a conservative treatment plan for managing your sore back, which can include anti-inflammatory medication, better nutrition, heat or ice packs and back bracing, in addition to strength and stretching exercises.

Strengthening back muscles

The goal of exercise and proper stretching techniques in the treatment of back pain is to strengthen these muscles so they are better able to support the upper body. It is important to work closely with a medical professional or a personal trainer to ensure that you don’t overdo your workout and further injure a back muscle. Exercise can be an extremely effective way to manage pain, but it is important to be cautious so that it does not do more harm than good.

Targeted symptoms

When performed correctly, back muscle strengthening treatment can be used to relieve a number of frustrating symptoms, including:

  • Local, chronic neck or back pain
  • Unexpected muscle weakness in the arms or legs
  • Pain that radiates along a nerve
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
  • Sciatica

Strained muscles and even some spine conditions can often heal over time and with the help of conservative treatments. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with a condition like a herniated disc or spinal arthritis and are considering surgery because these treatments have not been effective, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive outpatient spine surgery is an alternative to traditional open back procedures because we use muscle-sparing techniques. This means a shorter recovery time^ with less risk of complication for our patients.

Reach out to our dedicated team of Spine Care Consultants today for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.