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Injury Care

Back Clinic Injury Care Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Team. There are two approaches to injury care. They are active and passive treatment. While both can help get patients on the road toward recovery, only active treatment has a long-term impact and keeps patients moving.

We focus on treating injuries sustained in auto accidents, personal injuries, work injuries, and sports injuries and provide complete interventional pain management services and therapeutic programs. Everything from bumps and bruises to torn ligaments and back pain.

Passive Injury Care

A doctor or a physical therapist usually gives passive injury care. It includes:

  • Acupuncture
  • Applying heat/ice to sore muscles
  • Pain medication

It’s a good starting point to help reduce pain, but passive injury care isn’t the most effective treatment. While it helps an injured person feel better in the moment, the relief doesn’t last. A patient won’t fully recover from injury unless they actively work to return to their normal life.

Active Injury Care

Active treatment also provided by a physician or physical therapist relies on the injured person’s commitment to work. When patients take ownership of their health, the active injury care process becomes more meaningful and productive. A modified activity plan will help an injured person transition to full function and improve their overall physical and emotional wellness.

  • Spine, neck, and back
  • Headaches
  • Knees, shoulders, and wrists
  • Torn ligaments
  • Soft tissue injuries (muscle strains and sprains)

What does active injury care involve?

An active treatment plan keeps the body as strong and flexible as possible through a personalized work/transitional plan, which limits long-term impact and helps injured patients work toward a faster recovery. For example, in injury Medical & Chiropractic clinic’s injury care, a clinician will work with the patient to understand the cause of injury, then create a rehabilitation plan that keeps the patient active and brings them back to proper health in no time.

For answers to any questions, you may have, please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900

Knee and Ankle Automobile Collision Injuries: EP Back Clinic

Knee and Ankle Automobile Collision Injuries: EP Back Clinic

Automobile accidents and collisions can cause knee and ankle injuries in various ways. Automobile crashes are considered high-energy collisions versus slip and fall traumas which are generally low-energy. However, a 30mph or under-collision can have serious and detrimental effects on the knees and ankles. The sudden forces can cause the knees to collide with the dashboard or push the feet and legs into the body, generating intense pressure and compressing the bones, muscles, and ligaments damaging soft tissues and bone structures from the impact. The Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic Team can rehabilitate, realign, strengthen, and restore function to individuals with minor to severe auto collision injuries.

Knee and Ankle Automobile Collision Injuries: EP Chiropractic Team

Knee and Ankle Injuries

Musculoskeletal motor vehicle crash/collision injuries affect the body’s movement. The impact can pull, tear, crush, and smash bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs, and nerves. These injuries restrict the range of motion and can cause pain and sensation symptoms. The National Accident Sampling System reports 33% of injuries sustained during vehicle collisions are to the lower extremities.

  • Despite the knees and ankles having soft tissues that absorb and distribute the energy’s impact, the forces from the collision often happen instantly and unexpectedly, causing the individual to tense up, which overwhelms the structures.
  • Even panic stepping on the brake pedal can cause injury to the ankle and foot.
  • A passenger’s reflex of trying to resist forces can experience foot, ankle, and knee injuries from bracing off the vehicle’s floorboard.
  • Automobile collisions can cause strains, sprains, fractures, and dislocations.

Torn, Strained, or Sprained Knee

  • If the foot becomes planted on the floorboard while the body continues to move forward or sideways, the force can travel into the knee, causing twisting or shearing.
  • Depending on the injury type, the impact strength can damage different ligaments.
  • The ligaments resist forces that push the knee inwards/medially and outwards/laterally and slightly resist rotational forces.
  • When any of these ligaments are damaged, swelling, pain, and limited ranges of motion can result.
  • Putting weight on the affected leg can be difficult.
  • In some cases, the ligaments tear completely, necessitating surgical repair.
  • Once the individual can engage in mild activity, they can begin a rehabilitation program to restore function.
  • Recovery times vary based on the location and severity of the injury.

Fractured Knee or Ankle

  • When a fracture occurs in a joint, like the knees or ankles, surgical procedures may be necessary to repair the broken bone/s.
  • Broken bones can result in simultaneous damage and/or inflammation of the connective tissues that can cause the muscles to contract/tighten or atrophy during the recovery and healing phases.
  • Joints and bones are kept healthy with moderate movement and weight-bearing.
  • Fractures require immobilization of the affected area.
  • A physical therapy rehabilitation program can begin when the brace or cast comes off.
  • Targeted exercises and resistance will strengthen and stretch the joint to improve flexibility and promote healing through improved circulation.

Torn Meniscus

  • The meniscus is a C-shaped area of cartilage that rests between the thigh and shin bones.
  • It acts as a shock absorber.
  • The meniscus can become torn, resulting in pain, stiffness, and loss of motion.
  • This injury can heal independently with the right rest and therapeutic exercises.
  • A chiropractic auto collision specialist can diagnose the severity of the tear and provide the recommendations needed to rehabilitate and strengthen the knee.
  • If the tear is severe enough, surgery may be required.

Strained or Sprained Ankle

  • Strained tendons and sprained ligaments can result from the ankle being subject to tremendous force.
  • Strains and sprains vary in severity.
  • Both indicate that the connective tissue has been damaged or stretched beyond normal limits.
  • They can present with pain, inflammation, and problems moving the affected area.
  • With proper medical attention and rehabilitation, recovery is possible.

Torn Achilles Tendon

  • The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel and is necessary for walking, running, physical activity, and bearing weight.
  • If the tendon gets torn, surgery will be required to reattach the muscle and tendon.
  • After recovery, the individual can begin physical therapy to work the tendon and muscle, slowly building strength and range of motion.
  • It is critical to do this with the supervision of an expert in musculoskeletal rehabilitation to avoid re-injury or developing new injuries.

Chiropractic Treatment

Any musculoskeletal motor vehicle injuries can result in intense pain that worsens with activity, inflammation, swelling, redness, and/or heat in the affected area. This is why correctly diagnosing the injury is essential if the condition is to be properly and thoroughly treated. A physical examination will vary based on the individual’s state and can include:

  • Strength assessment
  • Range of motion
  • Reflexes
  • Other variables to determine the underlying issues.
  • Diagnostic imaging such as X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans can help identify and clarify injuries’ extent, nature, and location and rule out problems.

A qualified healthcare professional will combine the data with medical history to develop an accurate diagnosis. Our ability to effectively treat accident individuals is based on applying clinical expertise in musculoskeletal diagnosis and care. Our medical team takes a practical approach to help individuals quickly heal from musculoskeletal injuries using the latest treatments possible. When you meet with one of our professionals, you will feel relaxed and confident that you have come to the right place.

From Injury To Recovery


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Arm Discomfort Symptoms: El Paso Back Clinic

Arm Discomfort Symptoms: El Paso Back Clinic

The function of the arm is to allow for movement of the wrist and hand. Various muscles initiate the arm’s actions, large muscles flex and extend, pronate and supinate, and the more sensitive muscles allow fine motor control. Lifting capacity and grip strength come from the arm muscles, making them essential for all types of activities. Because of the many functions and jobs the hands and arms do, added stress is placed on them. Arm discomfort symptoms, radiating pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling are common conditions. Chiropractic care can relieve injury symptoms and restore mobility and function.

Arm Discomfort Symptoms: EP Chiropractic Team

Arm Discomfort Symptoms

The muscles of the upper arm, the biceps, and the triceps, control the movement and positioning of the elbow joint, and the muscles of the forearm control the wrist and hand. There are 30 bones from the top of the arm to the tip of the finger that include:

  • The humerus in the upper arm.
  • Ulna and radius in the forearm.
  • Carpal bones in the wrist.
  • Metacarpals and phalanges make up the hand and fingers.
  • The joints allow movement between the bones and are stabilized by ligaments and joint capsules.


Discomfort or Radiation

Symptoms vary based on the severity of the injury but commonly include.

  • Arm range of motion decreased.
  • Stiffness.
  • Tightness.
  • Pain.
  • Tenderness.
  • Edema during activity.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Numbness and tingling in the elbow, forearm, or hand can develop.
  • Pain sensations often radiate to other areas.


Individuals that work with their hands related to work, home tasks, sports, or hobby activities, such as construction workers, hair stylists, store cashiers, graphic artists, automotive technicians, carpenters, painters, butchers, and more, have an increased risk of injury and developing chronic conditions. Work that involves manually cutting, writing, typing, gripping, operating motorized tools, hair clippers, working with animals, etc., makes the arms susceptible to injury from the constant stress on the ligaments. Common overuse injuries affecting the upper extremity include:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

  • These conditions involve the nerves of the forearm.
  • Prolonged or repetitive bending or flexing of the wrist or elbow can generate swelling pressure that compresses the nerve/s.
  • Symptoms include numbness, coldness, tingling, and/or weakness in the hand and fingers.

Tennis, Golfer, and Pitcher Elbow

  • These conditions involve the inflammation of the tendon structures surrounding the elbow joint.
  • Repeating the same motion over and over causes damage.
  • This leads to tenderness and pain inside and surrounding the elbow.

De Quervain’s Tendinosis

  • Tendinosis refers to inflammation of the tendons.
  • De Quervain’s syndrome affects tendon structure in the wrist.
  • Swelling near the base of the thumb.
  • Individuals have difficulty grasping objects.
  • This is common for landscapers, gardeners, and sports where constant gripping is involved.


  • Tendons attach muscles and bones
  • The condition causes tendon inflammation, presenting pain in the area around single or multiple joints.
  • Common types include wrist tendonitis, pitcher’s shoulder, and swimmer’s shoulder.

Tendon Tears

  • Overuse and frequent stress from continuous motion can wear tendons to the point of partial or complete tearing.
  • Rotator cuff tears in the shoulder are often caused by overuse wearing down.

Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic and massage therapy can rehabilitate arm injuries, restore function and reduce arm discomfort symptoms. Treatment includes:

  • Ice or heat treatment.
  • Manual therapy – soft tissue massage and trigger point alleviation.
  • Joint mobilization.
  • Taping or bracing support.
  • Rehabilitation targeted exercises.
  • Work and sports modification training.
  • Training on upper extremity overuse, practicing caution, and knowing when to seek professional medical help.

Shoulder Pain Rehabilitation


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Muscle Cramp: El Paso Back Clinic

Muscle Cramp: El Paso Back Clinic

Pretty much everyone experiences a muscle cramp at some point. A muscle cramp is an involuntarily contracted muscle that does not relax, similar to a spasm, but a cramp lasts longer and is usually a forcible contraction. During a cramp, the muscles tighten without voluntary input from the brain and over-tighten. They can last anywhere from a few seconds to an hour or longer. They can be prevented through adequate nutrition and hydration, attention to safety when engaged in physical activity or exercise, and attention to posture and ergonomics. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic can develop personalized treatment plans for individuals experiencing musculoskeletal issues.

Muscle Cramp: EP's Chiropractic Injury Specialist Team

Muscle Cramp

Muscle cramps can occur in any muscle. The cramp may involve a portion of a muscle, the entire muscle, or several muscles that function together. A muscle or a few tissue fibers that involuntarily contracts is in a spasm. If the spasm is forcefully sustained, it turns into a cramp. They can cause a noticeable and/or hardening of the involved muscle/s. They can be experienced as mild twitches or can be excruciatingly painful. Some can involve the simultaneous contraction of muscles that normally move body parts in opposite directions. It is not uncommon for a cramp to flare up multiple times until it finally stops.


They can occur during physical activity, exercise, rest, or night, depending on the cause. There are various causes that, include:

  • Dehydration.
  • Electrolyte imbalance.
  • General overexertion.
  • Physical exertion in hot weather.
  • Physical deconditioning.
  • Medications and supplements.

Most times, they are not a cause for alarm; however, depending on the individual, their age, type of physical activity, and medical history, cramps could indicate a more serious underlying problem such as a thyroid disorder, liver cirrhosis, atherosclerosis, ALS, or a problem or condition of the spine or spinal nerves.

Muscles Involved

The muscles involved can indicate the mechanism and cause.

  • If the cramp is triggered by fatigue, a drop in muscle glycogen, dehydration, or an electrolyte imbalance, it’s most frequently to the calf muscles, feet, or back of the thigh/hamstring muscles.
  • This is typically due to a combination of fatigue and dehydration.
  • If it is triggered by nerve irritation, like a spinal disc injury, cramps tend to present in the forearm, hand, calf, and foot, depending on whether the disc injury is in the neck or lower back.
  • If there is a joint sprain in the neck, mid-back, or lower back, the cramp will present where the injury is and around the surrounding muscles.
  • A calf cramp happens when lying down because the foot points down, shortening the calf muscles.
  • A shortened muscle is more likely to go into spasm, especially if it is exhausted from activities and if the body is dehydrated, which is pretty common.
  • For two muscles that work together performing the same movement, called agonists, and the one muscle is weaker, the secondary muscle has to work harder, often going into a spasm or cramp from the added stress.
  • For example, if the buttock/gluteal muscles are weak, the hamstrings eventually spasm when exhausted.


First, the cause needs to be identified through medical history and examination. There can be an underlying nerve irritation and interference, restricting the muscle or muscle group, which needs to be dealt with for the therapy to be effective. Chiropractic care, combined with therapeutic stretching and massage therapy, can:

  • Relieve muscle cramping
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Increase muscle movement
  • Improve musculoskeletal function
  • All help to diminish and prevent muscle cramping.

Adjustments will restore proper alignment and restore nerve communication. These treatments help to release toxins, loosen and relax the muscle tissues, and provide relief.

Say Goodbye to Pain With Chiropractic


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Intercostal Muscle Strain: El Paso Back Clinic

Intercostal Muscle Strain: El Paso Back Clinic

Intercostal muscles are the muscles within the rib cage, commonly called the intercostals, which connect the ribs and make up the chest wall. An intercostal muscle strain refers to an injury between two or more ribs. If these muscles become overstretched, restricted, or suffer damage, it can cause inflammation and significant pain in the middle and upper back. Intercostal muscle strain is a common injury in athletes and physically demanding jobs. Chiropractic care and massage therapy can realign the vertebrae with the ribs and loosen and relax the muscles to increase circulation and restore mobility and function.

Intercostal Muscle Strain: EP's Chiropractic Injury Team

Intercostal Muscle Strain

The intercostal muscles have different layers attached to the ribs to help build the chest wall and assist in breathing. There are 11 intercostal muscles on each side of the rib cage. Each set is located between connected ribs in the upper and mid-back and consists of the following:


  • These are the outermost intercostals, responsible for expanding the chest during breathing to help inhale air and allow full deep breaths.
  • The external intercostals originate at the lower edge of a rib and run diagonally to attach to the upper edge of the rib below.
  • They are found in the rib cage’s back, sides, and front.


  • These sit directly underneath the externals and help collapse the chest during breathing to exhale.
  • The muscle fibers run perpendicular to the external intercostals, moving diagonally from front to back along the ribs, and are in the entire rib cage.


  • These sit directly underneath, run parallel to the internal intercostals, and run from the back of the rib cage to each side.
  • The veins, arteries, and nerves lie between the internal and innermost intercostals.

When an intercostal muscle gets twisted, overused, or stretched too far, it can tear, causing muscle strain. Often radiating pain along the rib cage is experienced that extends to the back.


An intercostal muscle strain often occurs as the result of an injury or overexertion of the muscles. Common causes include:

  • Trauma to the rib cage, such as from a fall or automobile collision.
  • Impact trauma from sports or physical activities.
  • Over twisting the torso beyond its normal range of motion from lifting weights, sports, yoga postures, or dance positions.
  • Repeatedly reaching overhead for work or tasks like cleaning or painting.
  • Lifting heavy objects above shoulder height.
  • Repetitive torso movements.
  • A sudden increase in physical activity that the body is not used to can also lead to intercostal muscle strain.
  • This can happen when a lack of conditioning or unhealthy postures weaken muscles.


The signs and symptoms can vary, depending on the severity and cause. Symptoms can include:

  • Intercostal muscle spasms.
  • Mobility difficulties.
  • Inflammation, swelling, and sensitivity in the affected area.
  • Stiffness and tension, causing upper back pain.
  • Upper back and rib pain.
  • Tenderness in the area between the ribs.
  • Muscle rigidity when bending or twisting the upper body.
  • Gradual worsening pain after repetitive movements.
  • Worsening pain when coughing, sneezing, or breathing in deeply.
  • Severe and sudden pain, particularly if caused by direct trauma to the chest or back.


Diagnosis involves the individual’s medical history and a physical exam to check for movement limitations and assess affected and sensitive areas. Once the inflammation is reduced, chiropractic and physical therapy will focus on the following:

  • Pain relief treatment.
  • Breathing exercises.
  • Posture training.
  • Stretching under supervision.
  • Strengthing exercises.
  • Most cases fully heal within 6 to 8 weeks.

Rib Muscle Injury


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Increased Temperature and Circulation: El Paso Back Clinic

Increased Temperature and Circulation: El Paso Back Clinic

Massage is part of integrative medicine and can be used for various medical conditions. In massage therapy, a therapist rubs and kneads the body’s soft tissues, including muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and skin. The therapist varies the amount of pressure and movement. Individuals often start feeling the effects right away. One of the benefits is increased temperature. Increased temperature amplifies blood flow and circulation, enabling muscular and connective tissues to release restriction, and muscle tightness, relieve tension, and improve movement. A massage therapist will use different techniques to increase the temperature to treat various conditions.

Increased Temperature and Circulation: EP's Chiropractic Team

Increased Temperature

Some patients want to know why their muscles heat up or burn during a massage. Muscles burn because of the accumulation of waste in the cells. The waste products are released as a result of massage. The muscles release lactate, a byproduct of glucose. The effects of deep tissue massage are almost the same as the effects of exercise. During the massage:

  • The demand for oxygen in the tissues increases.
  • Because of this, blood flow circulation to these tissues increases.
  • This is necessary to supply oxygen and glucose.
  • It excretes waste substances and toxins.

Muscle heat or burn during massage differs for everybody. Some individuals don’t feel it at all. The session can be so intense that the muscles can’t clear the lactate/toxins fast enough, causing the burning sensation.

Fascia Circulation

The temperature of the fascia can also be increased. Fascia is the thick, fibrous layer of connective tissues beneath the skin that can often become restrictive. Increased temperature in the superficial and deep tissues releases, relaxes, and loosens tight, tense, shortened, and/or injured areas, allowing muscular tissues to increase in elasticity, flexibility, and relaxation. Heart rate is raised, improving circulation and increasing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the affected areas and the rest of the body.

  • Myofascial release involves slowly applying pressure to the area using flattened hands and fingers.
  • The slow, soft pressure increases the temperature of the fascia.
  • As the hands and fingers get deeper within, they slowly move around, spreading the fascia.
  • This releases the tightness and relieves the pain.
  • An individual’s posture can improve when the temperature is increased. Muscular tension and tightness can cause increased pain symptoms, not allowing healthy posture.

Muscle Burn Relief


  • Drink plenty of water after the session is over.
  • Water maintains proper circulation for excreting waste products and nourishes the muscle cells with fresh nutrients and oxygen.
  • Avoid coffee and alcohol as they increase urination and blood osmolality and dehydrate the body.


  • Stretching before and after a session can relieve muscle soreness.
  • Stretching exercises increase blood flow.
  • Stimulates the release of synovial fluid around the joints.


  • Get plenty of rest after a session.
  • The body knows how to restore itself; during sleep, it reduces cortisol secretion.
  • It increases the stimulation of antioxidative hormones to go after free radicals.

Herbal Remedies

  • Herbal remedies like ginger, garlic, cloves, and cinnamon increase blood circulation, reducing pain and swelling.

Essential Oils

  • Essential oils like peppermint oil can help relax the mind.
  • They have anti-inflammatory properties that help with muscle burn and soreness.
  • After a session, a little peppermint or CBD oil can relieve the sore parts.

Chiropractic Success Story


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Resistance Bands Injury Therapy: El Paso Back Clinic

Resistance Bands Injury Therapy: El Paso Back Clinic

Resistance band exercises can be very useful for injury rehabilitation. As a part of a chiropractic neuromusculoskeletal treatment plan, personalized rehabilitation exercises using resistance bands can be prescribed to strengthen targeted areas of the body that require retraining due to an injury or condition. Resistance band training can effectively rehabilitate neck, shoulder, back, leg, knee, and ankle conditions and offer several advantages, from improving strength and posture to increasing mobility and improving joint health.

Resistance Bands Injury Therapy: EP Chiropractic Clinic

Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are rehabilitation and exercise equipment that provide consistent resistance throughout a specific exercise. They are rubberized bands or elastic cables that can be color-coded (different brands may vary in color progressions) to signify the amount of resistance they provide. These bands are great for all types of injuries to the joints or muscles and have been found to be effective in the following types:

  • Weakened neck muscles from injury.
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Tennis elbow
  • Hip bursitis
  • Knee injuries
  • IT band syndrome
  • Ankle sprains
  • Improve flexibility for arthritis.

The body does need time to heal before engaging in exercise, especially after major muscle, ligament, or tendon tears. A chiropractor or physical therapist will inform the patient when they can begin. However, some areas can be worked out three days after an injury.


Resistance bands can isolate strength training and stretching to specific muscles affected by surgery or a non-surgical injury/condition in chiropractic and physical therapy. They can help in the following:

  • Increased circulation.
  • Increased range of motion and flexibility.
  • Increased muscular strength.
  • Improved posture.
  • Increased joint stability.
  • Improved balance.

Added benefits:

  • They are small, lightweight, and portable making them perfect for those that travel frequently.
  • They are simple to use.
  • They are cost-effective.
  • They provide a whole-body workout.
  • They come in different resistance levels to progress gradually.
  • Safe for every fitness level.


Exercises with bands can be used in standing, sitting, or lying down positions. Some may consist of movements with resistance coming from body weight. Other activities may require additional resistance. Lunges are an example of a simple exercise to help rehabilitate certain back conditions.

Injury Stages

Strength and resistance training is essential for healing from neuromusculoskeletal injuries and overall health.

Early/Acute Stage

  • This stage entails light, gentle exercising that will allow damaged tissues to begin healing with simple movements to get circulation moving through the areas.

Second Stage

  • Physical therapy exercises involving resistance bands.
  • This gradually increases the weight on the injured bone, ligament, or muscle so the tissue can develop the ability to withstand strains from daily activities.

Late/Functional Stage

  • This is the final step, in which the tissues are stressed through functional exercises to be fit enough to return to work, sports, and activities.

Exercises For Lower Back


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Lumbar Strain: El Paso Back Clinic

Lumbar Strain: El Paso Back Clinic

The lumbar/low back muscles support the upper body’s weight and are involved in moving, twisting, bending, pushing, pulling, and reaching. These repetitive actions can result in a lumbar strain, which is muscle damage or injury to the tendons or muscles of the lower back, causing spasms, soreness, and pain. A lumbar strain can be the source of severe pain symptoms; it can be debilitating and, if left untreated, can lead to chronic conditions. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic can relieve symptoms, realign the body, relax, rehabilitate, strengthen muscles, and restore function.

Lumbar Strain: EP's Chiropractic Injury Team

Lumbar Strain

The lumbar vertebra makes up the region of the spine in the lower back. Sudden injuries or overuse injuries can damage the tendons and muscles. Lumbar muscle strain is caused when the muscle fibers are abnormally stretched or torn. Lumbar strain can be acute/sudden or chronic/lingering. A strain that has been present for days or weeks is referred to as acute. It is considered chronic if it has persisted for over three months. It can occur at any age but is most common in individuals in their forties. Increased risk factors can include:

  • Weakened back or abdominal muscles can cause
  • Tight hamstrings can pull the low back muscles down.
  • Excessive lower back curvature.
  • Forward-tilted pelvis.


Lumbar strain can have varied signs and symptoms depending on the location, damage, and cause of injury. The damage can range from simple overstretching injuries to partial or complete tears of varying degrees. The tears cause inflammation in the surrounding area, resulting in back spasms and difficulty moving. A muscle spasm is a cramp caused by a sudden and involuntary contraction or twitch and can be one of the symptoms of a lumbar strain. Other symptoms can include:

  • Muscle spasms either with activity or when resting.
  • Stiffness in the low back.
  • Difficulty standing or walking, with slight relief when resting.
  • Trouble doing simple tasks like bending or climbing stairs.
  • Low back pain can radiate into the buttocks without affecting the legs.
  • The lower back may be tender and sore to the touch.
  • Decreased muscle strength.
  • Restricted or limited range of motion.
  • Inability to maintain healthy posture because of stiffness and/or pain.
  • Discomfort symptoms that persist.
  • Discomfort ranges from mild aches to sharp, debilitating pain.
  • Intermittent flare-ups.


There are often multiple underlying risk factors contributing to the injury or damage. A few of the most common causes:


Depending on the severity, a doctor or health care provider could recommend chiropractic treatment and physical therapy. The chiropractor will perform an evaluation, combined with the doctor’s diagnosis, to develop a customized/personalized treatment plan. Treatment may include:

  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Massage to stimulate blood circulation
  • Percussive muscle stimulation
  • Pelvic traction
  • Ultrasound
  • Stretching exercises
  • Exercises to do at home for long-term relief.

It is a safe option to loosen tight back muscles, relieve pain, and promote lower back healing.

Spine Injuries In Sports


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