Lower back joints can be injured in the same way as other joints in the body, such as the ankle, can be. This means that they are susceptible to sprains and cartilage damage. As in every other joint injury, the swelling phase is usually triggered by injuries to the facet joints. This causes swelling, putting pressure on the surrounding muscles in the lower back and increasing the severity and area of the pain. There will be an aspect of neural or ‘nerve’ involvement in certain cases, with either tightness or a lack of sensation in your extremities. While this indicates a more serious issue, it does not rule out the possibility of a fast solution.Learn more about this at FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers Albuquerque.
Rest: Avoid doing something that is even slightly strenuous with your back. Ice: Apply ice to the region of pain for 15-20 minutes every 2-4 hours in the first 48 hours. Keep your back going within your range of motion without pain to avoid fatigue and muscle wasting. Total immobility, contrary to common opinion, is not ideal. Taping can be an option for pain relief right away.
At this stage, the emphasis of care will be on pain relief and movement restoration. The physiotherapist’s manual therapy would most likely be the primary care modality. The physiotherapist is likely to use soft tissue (e.g. muscle) manipulation. According to your specific illness, your physiotherapist will advise you on what to anticipate.
The focus of care will shift to restoration of function once movement has begun to return and pain has subsided. In certain cases, a graded recovery programme may be implemented, with the aim of preserving muscle strength and core stability. Your physiotherapist will take you step by step through every recovery programme. Returning to normal job function will be a big priority, as will ensuring that you can safely and easily complete your work tasks. Injury resolution time frames can be difficult to measure at this point.