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    Pulled Back

    If you don’t get the proper treatment and instructions for recovery from a pulled back, you may find that your life is changed forever. You stop doing the activities you love for fear of re-injuring your back. You may even begin to gain weight. While a pulled back muscle usually isn’t serious enough to warrant drastic treatment, without a firm diagnosis and the right kind of care, you can develop a loss of muscle strength, flexibility, and even bone density. Rather than self-medicating, visit the New Jersey muscle specialist and experts in pain management at Redefine Healthcare. They can put you on the right path to recovery from the back pain caused by a pulled back muscle.

    The office is wonderful. Everyone treats you with respect and are very warm and caring. We have worked together to come up with an individualized plan that keeps me moving. I love Dr Ceraula and his entire staff.


    intercostal muscle strain in backWhenever you walk, run, twist or jump, you put a lot of strain on your lumbar spine, as well as the muscles and other soft tissues that support it. Because back goes through so much wear and tear, it’s no surprise that lower back injuries happen to people of every age. One of the most common causes of lower back pain is a pulled muscle in the back.

    A pulled back is another term for a muscle strain in the back. While it seems like a minor injury, it can cause moderate to severe pain and reduced mobility.

    At Redefine Healthcare — with offices in Edison, Union, Paterson, and Clifton, New Jersey — you get effective pulled lower back muscle treatment to help you resume your normal day-to-day activities as soon as possible.

    Symptoms of a Pulled Muscle in the Back

    When you have a pulled muscle or muscle strain, your muscle fibers are stretched and torn. This damage causes the injured muscle to have a myriad of symptoms:

    • The area feels sore, tight, or achy.
    • Pain intensifies with movement and may lessen when resting.
    • It feels tender to the touch.
    • It feels stiff, making movement more difficult.

    There may be visible swelling and inflammation. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may also experience muscle spasms during either rest or activity. The pain may refer to other areas, such as the lower back, leading to immobility. You may feel middle back pain , upper back pain or neck pain , causing muscle spasms in your neck .

    Causes of a Pulled Muscle in the Lower Back

    Symptoms of a pulled back can set in suddenly after an injury. If they develop over time, you may not notice them right away. If you overuse specific muscles by performing repetitive motions, a pulled back may take years to cause pain. Some possible causes of muscle strain in the lower back include:

    • Heavy lifting
    • High-impact sports
    • Sudden twisting
    • An impact from a car accident or fall

    You may be at increased risk of experiencing a muscle strain in the back if you lead a sedentary lifestyle or have poor posture or weak abdominal muscles. Smoking and obesity are additional factors that increase your risk of pulling a muscle in your back.

    Diagnosing and Treating a Pulled Back Muscle

    Your specialist in pain care can usually diagnose a muscle strain based on a physical exam, medical history, and a review of how the injury occurred. Your doctor will check for spinal abnormalities and reduced range of motion during your exam. If there’s concern about an additional injury, such as a herniated disc or pinched nerve, you may need other imaging tests.

    Your pain doctor may recommend that you take a break from sports activities or a job involving a lot of heavy lifting. Applying ice for 15 minutes several times a day to the area helps reduce any swelling.

    How to treat a pulled back muscle?

    You can control pain with over-the-counter medications such as:

    • naproxen
    • aspirin
    • ibuprofen

    If your pain isn’t relieved with over-the-counter medications, your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants or prescription pain medication.

    Physical therapy. We often recommend physical therapy to help your body rebuild strength and flexibility. Your physical therapist teaches you exercises that strengthen and stretch the area that hurt. Massage or electrical muscle stimulation help loosen tight muscles. You should move as much as possible 24 hours after the onset of pain. Although it may seem counterintuitive, extended rest prolongs your symptoms and slows down your recovery.

    Expert Help for a Pulled Back

    If you believe you have a pulled muscle in the lower back, have your injury evaluated if symptoms don’t improve within a couple of days. Don’t ignore severe or worsening pain, swelling, or discoloration. There’s no need to wait longer than a couple of days, especially if the pain makes it difficult for you to move or you’re unable to do your normal daily activities.

    Contact Redefine Healthcare muscle specialists in New Jersey for expert evaluation of your pulled back muscle or any other back pain or back injury. With state-of-the-art treatment options, you’ll be back on your feet in no time.

    My wife and I have been patients of Dr. Freeman for a few years, he has helped us both, with many treatments, that has kept us from needing surgery, and kept our pain at a much lower level. Also he always takes his time and explains all treatments that are to be done. VERY PROFESSIONAL. We also must add that is staff is always very pleasant and always treat you with courtesy. Very well run office.


    Page Updated on May 19, 2022 by Dr. Freeman (Pain Management Specialist) of Redefine Healthcare Dr. Eric D. Freeman

    Dr. Eric D. Freeman is a top-rated, best-in-class pain management doctor. He is a nationally recognized pain relief specialist and is among the top pain care doctors in New Jersey and the country. He is an award-winning expert and contributor to prominent media outlets.

    Dr. Eric D. Freeman has been recognized for his thoughtful, thorough, modern approach to treating chronic pain. He has been named a “top pain management doctor in New Jersey” and one of “America’s Top Physicians” for advanced sports injury treatments.

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