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Severe lumbar sprain

What is a back pain or a severe lumbar sprain?

Lumbar sprain is a very common type of injury, especially among athletes and people who engage in strenuous physical activity. It is usually characterized by significant pain and discomfort in the lower back and surrounding area, often accompanied by a sudden cracking or tearing sensation in the lumbar region.

Souvent appelée « entorse rénale », l’entorse lombaire grave est un diagnostic extrêmement courant causé par ce type de douleur, bien que certains experts médicaux pensent qu’il ne s’agit en fait pas d’une véritable entorse, mais plutôt d’une autre affection plus grave. Quelle que soit la cause sous-jacente, l’entorse lombaire dans la région du dos grave peut être extrêmement douloureuse et débilitante, et elle nécessite une attention médicale rapide afin d’éviter d’autres complications. Si vous souffrez d’une lumbar sprain grave ou de toute autre forme de douleur dans le bas du dos, il est important de consulter rapidement un chiropraticien ou un médecin afin d’obtenir un diagnostic correct et de commencer à vous rétablir.

A strain or tears

It is caused by a strain or microscopic tears in the muscles and / or ligaments of the back, following a sudden or repeated stretching.


Muscles are the first line of defense in protecting the back, so they are often the first to be involved.


The ligaments in this region have an important role in maintaining the stability of the spine.


He may have inflammation in the area as well as muscle spasms.

Lower back pain

May be manifested by stiffness in the lower back or severe lower back pain which may radiate to the buttock, thigh and leg.

“In this world, when pain disappears, and joy is reborn. Everything balances out. ”

Quote from Albert Camus ; The notebooks II (1942/1951)

It is important to rest if you have a lumbar sprain

Une entorse lombaire est une blessure courante qui peut provoquer des douleurs et une incapacité. Bien que les entorses lombaires puissent survenir à tout âge, elles sont plus fréquentes chez les jeunes adultes et les adultes d’âge moyen. La bonne nouvelle est que les entorses lombaires guérissent généralement sans chirurgie. Cependant, le processus de récupération peut prendre plusieurs semaines, voire plusieurs mois. Pendant cette période, il est important de suivre les instructions de votre chiropraticien et de vous ménager. Vous devrez peut-être utiliser des béquilles ou une canne pour éviter de mettre du poids sur votre dos. Vous devrez peut-être aussi porter une attelle lombaire pour soutenir votre dos et limiter votre amplitude de mouvement.

In time, you will probably be able to gradually return to your normal activities. But be sure to listen to your body and take it easy to avoid hurting your back again.

The causes

  • Muscle and / or ligament stretches.
  • Muscle contraction during uncontrolled movement
  • Direct trauma to the back (contusion or strain)
  • Fall with or without protection
  • Sudden and / or repeated intense effort
  • Prolonged poor posture
  • Overuse
  • Often a history of low back pain
  • Underlying conditions affecting the back (ex: spondylolysthesis)
  • Back surgeries in the past.

The treatment

For severe lumbar sprain

severe lumbar sprain

Prognosis in case of lumbar sprain

  • If it is a muscle sprain minor, uncomplicated, 2 to 3 days of rest and ice cream may be sufficient to relieve symptoms. 
  • If the pain persists, possibility of ligament or joint involvement or more serious problems. A major muscle sprain can last at least 6 weeks and have sequelae if it is not treated properly and quickly.
  • In both cases, the cause of the sprain must be determined in order to avoid recurrence and spinal degeneration processes associated with structural imbalance.
Ice (20 minutes / 2 hours), rest.
Complementary therapies such as neurocryotherapy and kinesio taping.
Muscle therapy (Active Release Techniques and Graston)
Spinal manipulations Anti-inflammatories, pain relievers and muscle relaxants as needed. Lumbar support for a short period as needed
Cortisone injections as needed
Surgery as needed to stabilize the area


If you develop numbness or weakness in your lower extremities, see your chiropractor immediately.

And to finish...

Our recommendations

Professional recommendations for better spinal health

Maintenir votre posture la plus appropriée possible afin de minimiser le stress et la tension sur votre colonne.

Sleeping positions

Getting a good night's sleep is essential for your physical and mental health.

However, it can be difficult to get a good night's sleep if you are uncomfortable or suffer from back strain. To help you get a good night's rest, we recommend sleeping on a firm mattress. You can also put a pillow between your knees when you are on your side or under your knees when you are on your back. By taking these steps, you will help reduce the strain on your back and get the restful sleep you need to heal. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Good sitting postures if you have a lumbar sprain

If you suffer from low back sprain, you know how much it can impact your life. Even simple activities like sitting can be painful. But there are things you can do to ease the discomfort and help the healing process.

First, make sure you are sitting upright. This may seem obvious, but it's important. You want to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on your back. Second, use a lumbar roll, cushion or pillow. This will help support your back and relieve some of the pressure. Third, back your buttocks well into the chair. This will help keep your spine in alignment and prevent further injury. By following these simple tips, you can ease the discomfort of a lumbar sprain and help it heal.

Techniques for lifting loads

One of the best ways to avoid hurting your back is to lift correctly or make false moves. When lifting something with a heavy weight, always bend your knees and keep your back straight. It can also help to tuck your belly button in. This helps to stabilize your spine and relieve the muscles in your lower back. For items that need to be placed or removed at heights, use a step stool instead of reaching for them. And finally, when dealing with a heavy or difficult load, get someone else to help you. Lifting is a common cause of lumbar sprains, so it's important to take precautions. By following these simple tips, you can prevent this type of injury.
"By keeping a straight pelvis you help your muscles relax"
Doctor Michèle Bernatchez, Chiropractor


If you experience these symptoms see your chiropractor.