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Back Sprain or Strain: What's the Difference?

female runner low back painYour back is made up of bones and muscles which are supported by ligaments, tendons and cartilage, and fed by a vast network of nerves and blood vessels.

What is a ligament? A fibrous band of tissue that connect two bones.

A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament.

What is a tendon? A fibrous band of tissue that connects a muscle to a bone.

A strain occurs when a tendon or muscle is injured.

Back sprains and strains are very common injuries since the back, especially the lower back, bears much of the human body’s weight during any physical activity. A back sprain is usually associated with a sudden twisting motion or a fall causing ligaments to be stretched beyond their normal range, or even torn. Improper lifting, or continuous or repetitive overuse of tendons and muscles can result in a back strain.

How can you reduce the risk of injury?

  • Keep up with stretches your Chiropractor has recommended.
  • Maintain a regular exercise schedule to keep your muscles strong.
  • Be mindful of your posture when sitting for long periods of time.
  • When lifting heavy loads, bend your knees and avoid twisting your back.

If you have any questions about the health or alignment of your spine or that of your loved ones, Dr. Erin McLaughlin and Dr. Pierre Paradis are here to help. If you live or work in Kanata and the surrounding area, contact us today or give us a call at (613) 831-9665.

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