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Lumbar Strain (Weight Lifter's Back)

Lumbar Strain (Weight Lifter's Back)

What is a lumbar strain?

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A lumbar strain is an injury to the lower back, which results in damaged tendons and muscles that spasm and feel sore.

What causes a lumbar strain?

Trauma of great force can injure the tendons and muscles in the lower back. Pushing and pulling sports, such as weight lifting or football, can lead to a lumbar strain. In addition, sports that require sudden twisting of the lower back, such as in basketball, baseball, and golf, can lead to this injury. Certain risk factors, such as excessive lower back curvature, forward-tilted pelvis, weak back and/or abdominal muscles, and tight hamstrings, can increase the risk for this injury.

What are the symptoms of a lumbar strain?

The following are the most common symptoms of a lumbar strain. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

The symptoms of a lumbar strain may resemble other conditions and medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

How is a lumbar strain diagnosed?

Diagnosis of a lumbar strain is usually confirmed with a complete medical history and physical examination.

Treatment for a lumbar strain:

Specific treatment for a lumbar strain will be determined by your physician based on:

Treatment may include:

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