Thoracic Sprains and Strains and Back Pain
Your back is there to support you and keep you standing upright, which means it’s totally natural that it can experience strains and sprains throughout your normal, everyday life. Back pain is one of the most common complains to doctors in the United States. It may come as a surprise, but back sprains and strains are the cause of many emergency room visits every year, as the pain can be severe and intense. When it comes to thoracic sprains and strains, the focus is very much on your middle back.
When it comes to sprains and strains in your back, there are typically two root causes: a muscle strain or a lumbar sprain. A muscle strain occurs when the muscles surrounding your back and vertebrae are overstretched or torn. This results in what is commonly called a “pulled muscle.” While a muscle strain is serious, a lumbar sprain is slightly more serious. Your lumbar is made up of extremely tough, fibrous tissues called ligaments. When these are stretched too far, or worse are torn, this causes damage to the very essence that pulls your muscles to the bones and can be extremely painful.
While both can cause a huge amount of pain, the treatment is relatively similar. Once your muscles or ligaments are torn or overstretched, the entire area can become inflamed and extremely painful. This can make it very difficult for you to move normally, and can affect your daily life. One of the most common symptoms of sprains and strains is an extremely painful back spasm, which can happen at any time.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as these, it’s important that you do not ignore them. Continuing to let them go can actually result in greater injury to yourself and your future health. By visiting a back specialist program such as Integrated Sports & Spine, they will be able to develop a specifically tailored program to not only deal with your pain management, but also work on your overall healing process.
Our approach to treating back pain
By visiting a back pain specialist clinic such as Integrated Spine & Sports, the professionals there can help individually tailor a program to help both manage your symptoms and work on your recovery.
We offer non-surgical options for the treatment of injuries and medical conditions affecting the back, with an integrative approach that may include:
Back Pain Specialists
Our back pain specialists in Manhattan create custom treatments designed to meet the needs of people suffering from acute pain due to injury, as well as those experiencing chronic conditions affecting the muscles, discs, soft tissue and nerves within the back, cervical spine, and neck.
Our integrative team, consisting of a board-certified physiatrist, chiropractors, and physical therapists, offers comprehensive treatment for acute and chronic back pain treatment in NYC.
Back Pain FAQs
Some of the common symptoms of COVID-19 are “aches and pains”. Some patients do experience back pain, especially in the lower back. In some cases, the pain is subtle but constant. In others, it is an intense, pulsating pain, which can radiate down to the legs. If the back pain persists, consult your doctor.
Generally, the best position to sleep is on your back. Sleeping on one’s back ensures that the spine is in a neutral position, which can help with back pain. You can also put a pillow under your knees, legs, and/or lower back to support the natural curve of the spine. This can minimize lumbar pressure and relieve back pain.
If doing gentle back stretches doesn’t do the trick, then try strengthening your core so your spine isn’t struggling to stay upright. Heat therapy and cold therapy can also work well for pain relief. If your back pain is a result of poor posture or a bad workstation setup, make the necessary changes to avoid back pain in the future.
Your back pain is likely serious if it occurs with any of the following symptoms: numbness in lower body, loss of bladder/bowel control, fever, unexplained weight loss, swelling. In such cases, please consult a physiatrist immediately.
Short-term (or acute) back pain lasts a few days to a few weeks. This is often the case with back pain, and patients usually recover without medical treatment. Sometimes, it lasts for 12 weeks or longer. This is called chronic back pain, and it can take a while to go away. Medical treatment often helps relieve chronic backpain, so we recommend consulting a physiatrist.
Acupuncture provides short-term relief for chronic back pain. Back pain is actually the number 1 reported reason people seek acupuncture. By stimulating the various acupuncture points associated with back pain, parts of the nervous system are also stimulated, which can help provide pain relief.