Back sprains and strains are very common musculoskeletal injuries in people, primarily because the human spine is not designed to accommodate many modern activities and behaviors, such as playing sports, performing repetitive actions at work and sitting for prolonged periods of time. Whereas sprains are injuries to ligaments and joints, a strain is an injury to either muscles or tendons — the fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones.  The most commonly strained part of your spine is the lumbar (lower) region because of all the weight and force it must bear. Most back strains are self-healing, which can be sped up if you follow the at-home advice below. However, in some cases, professional treatment is necessary.
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