For my first blog, I decided to talk about a very common subject in chiropractic: the lumbar sprain. Many of you probably had the bad luck to experience that problem before. First, we have to know that lumbar sprain is one of many conditions causing back pain. This means that all back pain are not lumbar sprain.
What is a lumbar sprain?
A lumbar sprain represents a muscle or a ligament of the back that got stretched too much. This could happen following an accident, a wrong movement or because of repetitive motions. Few factors like bad posture could increase the risk of lumbar sprain.
What are the other causes of back pain?
Lumbar sprain is very common, but other health conditions are also very frequent. For example, back pain could be caused by a disc herniation (a tear or a bulge in a disc located between two vertebrae), a facet irritation (an irritation of the joint located between two vertebrae), a sacroiliac irritation (an irritation of the pelvic joint)
How to differentiate between conditions?
The chiropractor has the formation to make the difference between a condition and another. On your visit at the chiropractor’s office, a complete physical exam including orthopedic tests will be performed in order to establish the nature of your condition. The chiropractor can also make x-rays to evaluate the condition of your spine. Following the exam, the chiropractor will be able to tell you if you really have a lumbar sprain or another condition.
How to treat a lumbar sprain?
If the physical exam reveals that you have a lumbar sprain, the chiropractor will be able to recommend you the appropriate treatment. Generally, the treatment consists of correcting the movement of the vertebrae where the affected muscles or ligaments are attaching. Also, soft tissue techniques (muscle work) are generally used to decrease tensions. The chiropractor will also recommend you exercises and postural recommendations in order to increase the healing speed.
What if it isn’t a lumbar sprain?
If the physical exam reveals that your pain isn’t caused by a lumbar sprain, the treatment will be modified to be able to correct your injury. Chiropractic could be beneficial for different health conditions like disc herniation, facet irritation, muscular tension, sacroiliac pain, etc. If the exam reveals that your condition isn’t treatable by chiropractic treatment, the chiropractor will be able to refer you to the health professional who could help you the most.
How long it takes to treat a lumbar sprain?
The healing time varies a lot between a patient and another. Also, many factors could influence the healing speed. For example, a recent injury usually heals faster than a condition we had for a long period of time. The nature of the affected structure also affects the healing time. As an example, a muscle injury heals faster than a ligament injury because of the increased blood flow found in the muscle.
When the nature of your condition will be determined, the chiropractor will be able to give you an idea of the time it generally takes to treat a problem like that. Your implication in your care will also contribute to increase the healing speed.