How to Treat a Pulled Back Muscle in 8 Steps


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A pulled back muscle is a common injury for both athletes and people who do not play sports. You can pull a back muscle by lifting a heavy item, throwing an object while twisting, or falling unexpectedly. Regardless of the cause, a pulled back muscle is painful and you want to treat it as quickly and effectively as possible.

A pulled muscle, in the back or anywhere else in the body, is the common term for a muscle strain. When a muscle is strained, the fibers actually tear, either on a micro level for a minor injury or as a large tear for a more serious strain.

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Regardless of the severity, the treatment protocol for a muscle strain is typically the same no matter where it is in the body.

Treatment Steps for a Pulled Back Muscle

Always consult a physician after an injury, especially if you are concerned that it might be a severe one. If you have a pulled back muscle, the recommended treatment steps typically include:

  1. Apply cold - The faster you can apply cold to a pulled back muscle, the faster you will reduce pain, control swelling, and start the healing process. Applying cold immediately after the injury occurs will ensure that the recovery process goes as quickly as possible.

  2. Use compression - Applying compression bandages or using an active compression system will help reduce swelling and edema so the damaged tissues can repair themselves more quickly.

  3. Rest - Right after a muscle strain, it is important to rest for one day up to one week, depending on the extent of the injury. After the initial pain subsides, returning to limited activity will actually help accelerate recovery.

  4. Stretching - As you return to activity, gentle stretching exercises will help speed up recovery by bringing more blood flow to the injured area.

  5. Pain medication - Use medication sparingly because pain is actually an important indicator throughout the recovery process. If you feel that you need pain medication, consult with your physician to determine the type and dosage that is appropriate for your specific situation.

  6. Strength exercises - As the pain subsides, add strengthening exercises in addition to stretching. Allowing the muscles to weaken with too much rest can actually impede recovery.

  7. Massage - You can further increase blood flow to the injured tissues with light massage.

  8. Apply heat - After the first few days, alternating ice therapy with the application of moist heat can help reduce pain and increase circulation.

After recovering from a pulled back muscle, prevent future injury by practicing good posture and properly warming up before activity.

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