Is it Just a Back Sprain?

One of the most challenging aspects of a back injury is the diagnosis. Without this, it’s impossible to know what type of treatment to receive and how to proceed with your life. 

While a back sprain is typically a minor injury, it’s important to note that it also shares symptoms with more serious conditions. Understanding common symptoms associated with a back sprain can help you decide what action to take. Here are a few of the most common:

  • Decreased function and/or range of motion
  • Pain that gets worse with movement
  • Muscle spasms and/or cramping

If you’re dealing with these symptoms, rest, ice, and heat therapy are among your best treatment options. In the event that your condition doesn’t improve within two to three days, it’s time to seek medical attention. 

The purpose of seeing a doctor is to receive an accurate diagnosis. You don’t want to treat yourself for a sprain when what you really have is a herniated disk or fracture. This can lead to additional trouble. 

Any back injury can cause pain and discomfort, so don’t take it lightly. Do whatever it takes to receive a diagnosis and implement the proper treatment schedule. 

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.