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When an athlete experiences back strain, sometimes also called a pulled back muscle, a team of medical professionals and trainers act quickly to get them back in the game as soon as possible. Whether you are a weekend warrior, an amateur athlete, or just happened to twist the wrong way while doing a household chore, you can benefit from the same tips and tricks the pros use, even if your back strain is not a result of athletic injury.

5 Pro Tips for Back Strain Treatment

Many professional back strain treatment methods are the same as the steps you would take at home, but the pros use a few techniques that you can adopt to make your recovery faster:

  1. Identify the injury - The first step in treating any injury is determining what it is. If you have strained your back, you are likely to experience symptoms such as pain, swelling, muscle tightness, spasms, or minor loss of function. If your pain is so extreme that you think you need prescription medication, or if you have numbness in your leg, seek medical attention immediately.

  2. Rest - For the first couple of days after you have strained your back, rest your muscles by eliminating exercise and limiting other strenuous activities.

  3. Cold therapy - Applying cold to the injured area as quickly as possible will help limit swelling by restricting blood flow. Continue cryotherapy for at least two days after the injury by applying cold in 20-minute sessions every three to six hours. Professional trainers use advanced technology to apply consistent cold to achieve deeper penetration and a longer lasting benefit. Although it might temporarily feel good, the pros do not use heat therapy during the first few days after a back strain because it can actually contribute to further swelling by increasing blood flow.

  4. NSAIDS - Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can help control swelling in the first few days after the injury. It is important to limit your intake of these medications because the amount of pain you feel is an indication of how your recovery is going.

  5. Activity - After a couple days of rest, it's important to resume activity so your muscles do not atrophy further. Athletes who want to get back in the game faster know that they have to keep their bodies conditioned and ready to play, even while recovering from an injury. You can do the same at home by doing gentle stretches before any activity that requires use of your back muscles.

One of the tools the professionals use that you also have access to is the Game Ready cold and compression therapy system. Specialized wraps enclose the entire injured area to deliver consistent, deep cold. At the same time, a pneumatic system pumps air through chambers in the wrap to provide active compression and improve blood flow. Ask your doctor about using Game Ready for your back strain recovery, or search for a provider near you today.