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Pulled Back Muscle Treatments

A pulled back muscle can happen when it's least expected, such as by bending the wrong way, falling, or lifting something that's too heavy. A perfect example is when an individual uses the wrong body mechanics to shovel snow--especially when he has not been exercising and strengthening his muscles to give adequate body support. The lower back is more often affected than any other part of the back since it bears most of the weight and motion of the body.

Treatment options vary considerably for pulled back muscles, depending on the location and extent of injury. The pain is generally intense from the onset and requires some type of pain reliever or anti-inflammatory medication for pain control. In most cases, bed rest isn't recommended. It is, however, often necessary to stop or reduce normal physical activity for a few days to give the muscles time to calm down and respond to treatment.

The recovery process from a pulled back muscle can be greatly enhanced through the use of ultrasound therapies such as MendMeShop Ultrasound Device. Your chiropractor will likely use ultrasound to heat the muscle, encouraging blood flow to the area. This internal heating is different from using a heating pad. The heating pad often becomes intolerable because of excessive surface heat. Ultrasound can be tolerated since the heat goes deep into the muscle--where it's needed most--rather than on the surface.

Chronic pain often results following a pulled back muscle. Once a muscle has been weakened through injury, it's more susceptible to re-injury. For information about ultrasound and other suggestions for pulled back muscle treatments, browse AidMySciatica.com.