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A back muscle strain is a tear of any of the muscles in the back. They most often occur in the lower back. However, it is sometimes difficult to determine exactly what injury you have sustained as there are many structures in the back which can be injured. Here we explain how to treat a muscle strain in the back, but we always recommend seeking professional advice.
Pulled back muscle symptoms
Muscle strains are graded 1, 2 or 3 depending on how bad the injury is:
Grade 1 injuries will have tightness in the back. The patient may be able to walk properly and will not have much swelling.
Grade 2 back muscle strains will probably result in the patient being unable to walk properly. They may get occasional sudden twinges of pain during activity and may notice some swelling. Pressing in over the site of injury will be painful.
Grade 3 injuries will result in the patient being unable to walk properly. They will be in severe pain and significant swelling will appear immediately. Contracting the back muscles will be painful and might produce a bulge in the muscle. The patient can expect to be out of competition for 3 to twelve weeks or more.
What is a back muscle strain?
Muscle strains or ruptures can occur in the back just like they can anywhere else in the body. A muscle strain or tear in the back is usually caused by a sudden movement or lifting something that is too heavy. The low back pain, however, is often a long time coming on as the muscles in the back gradually tighten up due to bad posture and overuse.
These muscles go into spasm and do not get enough blood through them resulting in weakness. So when someone complains of low back pain when they bend down to pick up a piece of paper and tear a muscle in the back, it is not just the piece of paper that caused it but a gradual build-up of tension over weeks and months.
Source: Back Muscle Strain - SportsInjuryClinic