This is a replay of the live broadcast with Todd Wegerski DC, chiropractor in Cary NC
Lumbar strains are one of the most causes for individuals to experience lower back pain. We decide to clean out the garage, paint the shed, or spread 100 bales of pine straw and then the next day we can’t move. Nothing that we did was overly taxing on our bodies, but it was enough to send our lower back into spasm.
So just what is a strain? There is general confusion with people and they typically will interchange the words sprain and strain. So a little clarification first. A sprain is stretching or tearing of a ligament, a strain is stretching or tearing of a muscle. It’s easy to remember this by saying, “he sprained his ankle” and “strained his lower back”. When you roll your ankle, it’s injuring the ligaments of the ankle joint itself. It’s really hard to sprain your lower back, there typically needs to be some kind of trauma involved.
In this case study, we follow Jason who decides to get a truckload of mulch dumped on his driveway, and then spend the next 2 days spreading that mulch around his yard with a wheelbarrow, shovel, and rake. Then the following weekend he decides to rip up his rotting deck and repair and renovate it with some new planking. In the following days he really struggles getting around. His wife is having to help get him dressed. He’s having a hard time sitting at work, it’s a struggle for him to make it through the day.
We discuss the benefits of using ice vs heat, the use of topical creams and gels such as Ben-Gay or Tiger Balm, and the relatively quick recovery period for these types of injuries.
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