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Low Back Strain vs. A Low Back Sprain

Posted Mar 24 2010 6:29pm
low back sprain/strain
A strain typically refers to the muscle and a sprain usually involves the joint or tendons and ligaments. Because in an injury both tend to be effected, we often refer to the condition as a strain/sprain.

Basically, tendons connect muscles, ligaments connect bone to muscle and they cross joints. So, based on this, it’s often difficult to isolate one injury from another.

Both a strain and a sprain can be from an acute injury, but they can often be a result of a chronic condition that has been there, but is re-injured or re-exacerbated.

For example, you can get a new low back injury or pain that can strain or sprain the low back, but you can also re-injure your low back.

However, the back pain which started as a low back strain or sprain is treated very well with chiropractic care. When it’s disc pain, the spinal decompression works best.


CT Spine and Disc Center is located in central Connecticut- Specializing in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Call us at 860-633-8756 to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression

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