Lumbar sprain: common symptoms and causes

Centro de la columna Vertebral: December 18, 2018

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Lumbar sprain: common symptoms and causes

Lumbar sprain is an injury that occurs in the tissues that support the lower section of the spine. It appears when the spine is quickly shaken from one position to another, as in the case of blows in accidents or sports injuries. Learn more about this condition and see a specialist if you suffer low back pain.

The lumbar sprain

Asprain, also known as a ligament strain, is the injury produced by excessive stretching of the ligaments. These are tissues that join bones together and prevent them from leaving their natural position. When a sprain occurs, tissue fibers are broken or torn, which produces the symptoms.


  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Hematomas (bruises)
  • Temporary paralysis

Symptoms may appear suddenly and unexpectedly or for some time after the trauma. Sometimes they subside with rest, but it is important to get medical attention to rule out other types of spinal problems.

Common causes

The main cause is a stroke. This injury is common in automobile accidents, in which the whole body is forced to move from one position to another in hundredths of a second, causing havoc in the body, including lumbar sprain or whiplash syndrome, which affects the neck area.

Some of the sports with the highest incidence of lumbar sprain include: boxing, soccer, golf, tennis, and weight lifting.

Diagnosis and treatment

It is important to get medical attention immediately after the accident or injury. The physician will perform mobility tests, inspect the affected area and, if necessary, imaging studies to check the condition of the internal tissues of the spine in all its parts.

Visit CCV for medical advice

At the Centro de la Columna Vertebral we have the best technology for the diagnosis of diseases and injuries in the spine. Our medical specialists will help you find a comprehensive solution and provide timely care in the event of an emergency.


"The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691".

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