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Back Sprains and Strains

Most people have heard the phrase, “Lift with your legs, not your back.” The muscles, tendons and ligaments within the musculoskeletal system of the back can be injured, causing extreme pain and limiting mobility. If you suffer a back injury, including strains or sprains, you may need medical care for pain relief and recovery. Our pain physicians and rehabilitation experts at Medici Medical Arts can help those with back sprains and strains recover quicker with less pain.

What is the Difference Between Back Sprains and Strains?

When a back injury occurs, many people will assume they “pulled” a muscle in their back. In medical terms, they most likely either sprained or strained their back, or both. These are the most common types of back injuries and often the cause of acute lower back pain. The difference between the two injuries are as follows:

  • Back sprain – Pulling or tearing a ligament in the back is a sprain. Ligaments are bands of tissue that connect the bones in the spinal joints to prevent excessive movement.
  • Back strain – When muscles or tendons are damaged by tearing, pulling or twisting, it is a back strain. Tendons attach muscles to the bone, so both can be injured in the same movement.

Both back strains and sprains are painful, especially when you try to move the affected muscles, tendons or ligaments. A popping or tearing sound or sensation may occur at the time of the injury. Those with back strains or sprains may experience cramping, spasms and limited mobility affecting the injured area.

Treatments for Back Injuries

Most back sprains and strains will heal without medical treatment. A minor back injury can be alleviated with rest, ice and OTC non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for up to two days. Returning to light activities is usually recommended. However, if there is still significant pain, more extensive treatment may be required. Physical therapy, injection therapy and other treatments can be used to reduce pain and improve healing.

If you have a back sprain or strain injury that is not healing with rest, contact Medici Medical Arts today. We will evaluate your injury and determine if additional treatment is required to help control pain and restore mobility.

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OUR PATIENT REVIEWS

Medici Medical Arts

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 18 reviews

Dr. Dosanjh Patient

Dr. Dosanjh is extremely knowledgeable in his specialty with remarkable knowledge of anatomy and the causes of pain. His ability to diagnose the cause of pain and then provide a complete set of progressive options for resolution is superb. His friendly demeanor enhances the doctor-patient relationship.

Madinah A.

This is MY GUY here I love sonny so much people dont even understand. Whe my primary didnt know what was wrong g with me Sonny did sent me for MRI and it was good from there. I been with sonny for 4 years and counting if I ever move Im coming to Sonny. Also every staff member he got is family to me. When I say this is a dam good doctor HE IS THE BEST.

Maryola

Everyone in this office is TERRIFIC. Starting from the front office checking in, and going into the room for my visit with dr. Sonny Dosanjh. Dr. Sonny is EXCELLENT he really cares about his patients, he listens to what I have to say, does not interrupt me, he is very concerned about what is going on with me and my health concerns. He really cares. I would highly recommend this office to anyone! They really care and they are genuine. My PCP recommended Dr. Sonny and I'm ever so grateful for that

Dr. Dosanjh Patient

Thoroughly appreciated the medical services provided by Dr. Dosanjh. Dr. Dosanjh is very confident in his patient care and concern. I would definitely refer others and have been telling others about my experience at Medici Medical Arts both Kennesaw and Buckhead. I wish he took my insurance, as I have injuries not related to my work incident for which I was seeing Dr. Dosanjh. Thank you so very much, Dr. Dosanjh! The staff is warm, welcoming and cheerful and most helpful.

Meredith

Dr. Dosanjh is a very smart, caring doctor who is highly skilled in his field. He spends whatever time is necessary to "hear" his patients and to explain the proper and best results course of action. I have a very complicated head and neck injury, so it was essential to me to have someone who truly listened with undivided attention, and thought outside the box when necessary. His staff is exemplary. They could not be more helpful and thoughtful. Lucy in particular is a gift of sunshine.

Jill C.

Dr. Sonny is the best! He has done more for me in 2 months than my previous doctor did in 14 years! If you truly want to get out of pain, then contact Dr. Sonny immediately! I just cannot reiterate how incredible a doctor he is! For that matter, his entire staff is warm and inviting! And to top it off, as a patient you get free use of their amazing gym. Highly, highly, highly recommend Dr. Sonny!

Tiffany

After a major car accident I saw Dr. Sonny for my neck & back pain. He was very knowledgeable about treatment options & really listened to all my concerns. Trigger point injections are helping me currently & I will continue to come back to Dr. Sonny.

Christina S.

I am thrilled with the care I have received from Dr. Dosanjh. He has a fabulous staff that is caring and attentive. I had serious back pain that was hindering my quality of life. Now I am on my way to being discharged. I am very thankful for all they did for me. I will not miss the pain I was in but there is no doubt that l will miss them.

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