The majority of acute lower back pain episodes are caused by muscle strain (pulled muscles) and sprain. Fortunately, back muscle strains usually heal with time, often within a few days and almost all resolving within 3 to 4 weeks. Learn more about the causes of and treatments available for low back strain.
Pulled Back Muscle Treatment
Pulled Back Muscle and Lower Back Strain
When the muscles or ligaments in the low back are strained or torn, the area around the muscles will become inflamed. This leads to back spasm, which can cause both severe lower back pain and difficulty moving. Learn more...
Back Care for Lower Back Pain
It is often advisable for patients to employ back care on their own early in the course of low back pain. Do-it-yourself back care can include rest, over-the counter medications, and ice/heat therapy. Learn more...
Lower Back Pain Treatment
Treatment for lower back pain depends upon the patient's history and the type and severity of pain. The vast majority of lower back pain cases get better within six weeks, though surgery may be an option if pain persists. Learn more...
Lower Back Strain Video
Lower Back Strain
Lower back strain is acute pain caused by damage to the muscles and ligaments of the back. It is often referred to as a pulled muscle. Learn more about the muscles affected by and symptoms of lower back strain.