Lumbar Sprain

The seven bones of the spinal column in your lower back are connected to each other by ligaments and muscles–strong bands of tissue that act like thick rubber bands. A sprain or tear occurs in one or more of these soft tissues when a sudden movement, such as a motor vehicle collision or a hard fall, causes the lower back to sway to an extreme position.

Common symptoms of a lumbar sprain include, pain in the the lower back, muscle spasms, headache, sore throat, increased irritability, numbness and stiffness.

Common treatment options for a lumbar sprain include, massaging the tender area, an ultrasound, cervical traction and aerobic and isometric exercise.