The most common source of lower back pain is muscle strain; and your symptoms may be localized in the right side of your back.
The initial pain from a muscle strain may be severe, but it will likely subside over a few days.
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Read on to learn more about treating lower right back muscle strain symptoms:
Causes of lower right back muscle strain
Before we look at how to treat lower right back muscle strain, let's quickly look at its causes.
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Often times, muscle strain is the result of a minor injury. For example, it may be provoked by swinging a golf club or twisting the right side of your back to lift a child off the floor. Additionally, muscle strain can result from an impact injury to your right side; such as a car accident.
Any of the above actions or events can cause a muscle in your lower right back to either tear or over-stretch. This in turn results in muscle strain (also called a pulled muscle), or damage to your muscle fibers.
As a general rule, a muscle strain is not considered a serious injury. However, the pain from a muscle strain can be severe.
To help relieve your symptoms, you can try any of the following conservative treatments for lower right back muscle strain:
- Massage therapy. A gentle massage can loosen tight muscles in your lower right back and provoke the release of pain-fighting endorphins.
- Chiropractic care. Manual manipulation can help loosen tight back muscles on your lower right side.
- Cold therapy. Applying cold therapy will reduce inflammation that occurs immediately following your injury.
- Heat therapy. Applying heat therapy can stimulate healing oxygen and nutrients to the injured area.
Preventing future muscle strain
After your symptoms have subsided, you can speak with your doctor about a program of hamstring stretching.
Tight hamstrings can limit the motion in your pelvis, which places stress on your lower back and makes your more susceptible to lower right back muscle strain. A regular program of hamstring stretching can prevent future muscle strain by lengthening your muscles, which eases the stress on your lower back.