5 Tips for Treating Occupational Back Sprains/Strains without a Clinic Visit

by | Aug 18, 2017 | Employee Health Management, Employee Health Medical Management, Injury Case Management

Did you know that about 80% of adults are estimated to experience a back injury in their lifetime with more than one million injuries occurring in the workplace every year?

Despite your best prevention efforts, you need to know your options for treatment.

First, what is the difference between a back sprain and a back strain?

Back Sprain

Sprains involve the injury of one or more back ligaments that attach bone to bone.  They are usually the result of overstretching, most often due to twisting during heavy lifting.

Back Strains

Back strains involve the injury of one of the muscles or tendons that attach muscle to the bone or other structures of the back.  They are most often due to overstretching or overuse of a muscle and are not as severe as a sprain.

Back Sprain / Strain Symptoms

Common signs and symptoms of a back sprain / strain may include:

  • Discomfort to the back, described as dull, sharp, or a burning sensation that can be intermittent or continuous.
  • Increased discomfort with movement.
  • Increased discomfort with prolonged sitting, standing, walking, lying, etc.
  • Decreased range of motion which limits mobility.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Radiating discomfort, numbness, and / or tingling to the hips or lower extremities.

5 Conservative Treatment Tips

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