Does anyone have any experiences with strained and/or sprained thoracic/lumbar back?? Everyone says it should have been healed long ago but it's been a year and it still causes pain daily and feels like a board is strapped to it. I've had months of pt which the doctor finally pulled because it was not helping and possibly making worse... Please, I need to hear from you
Hi. Yes, I have gone through that. 5 yrs ago I hurt my lower back at the gym working out. Conservative therapy first, X-ray, anti inflammatory meds, physical therapy. No improvement, referral to back dr then and MRI ordered then. Had 7 epidural blocks for herniated discs and osteoarthritis pain etc. after a few years I had microsurgery with very slow healing. The pain to my lower back is way way way better and the sciatica much decreased and mild limp,only when up walking a while. My upper back does have problems with what I think are muscle spasm, I would describe the feeling like as stiff as an ironing board like you describe it. Muscle relaxers is the only thing that has helped that body part. I have tired lots of physical therapy for it and one epidural for it. It sounds like you need to go to a specialist and have an MRI done if you haven't done that yet. A year is a long time to have any kind of pain or problem.
Yes an xray and mri was done and neither showed an issue at the thoracic lumbar junction. It did show a slight bulge down lower which isn't the source of pain. My doctor thinks possibly a ligament that hasn't tightened back up and causes the facet joint to have wiggle room. I'm at wits end workers comp is wanting to close and I'm still in pain.
I wish I could offer better news, but my strains, sprains & auto accident back pains have become chronic lifelong issues for me. I can just twist the wrong way and "flare" I go again. My absolute best help was from chiropractic care early but now they won't touch me. The last was pain doc with ESI to the nerve roots. I'm into my third year with minimal spasms & sprained feelings. I've had to learn what movements are safe & bad for me. A sprain is a long-term healing process. Good luck & saying prayers for y'all.
That's what I'm afraid of Flappys. I'm sorry Paininde , I'm over a year out from my injury date. Of course the comp and Saif people say there's nothing wrong but my occupational specialist puts his hands on my back and feels the spasms. I don't know how mine is going to end but I'm at my wits end with all this!
Was your diagnosis of the bulge just the radiologist report? Do you have a copy of the images? I would first do that and get another opinion. You wouldn't believe what's left unsaid or concealed sometimes in medical records!
If it is muscle related...tens unit, moist heat, pt with hands on massage and core strength building has been most successful (for muscle strain part only) for me for relief.