Tendons are the connections between muscles and bones, ligaments surround joints and form a strong tissue that provide support to our joints. When you overstretch, strain or tear a ligament in your lower back, this can cause what we call ‘lumbosacral strains or sprains’. When this happens, the surrounding muscles in the injured area spasm in order to act as a splint, protecting the ligaments and joints from further damage.
Usually, ligament injuries occur from a traumatic event, and depending on the severity of the injury, they can take from six weeks to a full year to heal. The cause of back sprain is very similar to the cause of ankle sprain, and the treatment and recovery process can and should be the same as well. Firm support for the pelvic ligaments will help to protect them from further strain while they repair and become strong again.
How Do Back Ligament Injuries Happen?
Poor posture can cause major ligament damage. It is tiring to remain standing for a long period of time in situations such as waiting in line, standing up at a party, and shopping. Sudden traumatic ligament injuries can also occur in falls, accidents or sporting injuries. Without even noticing, many people will compensate for this fatigue by slumping over. When we do that, the entire weight of our body begins pulling against the ligaments in the pelvis and lower back. Years of this can take a toll and cause these ligaments to become stretched and weakened so they cannot properly limit and stabilise our joints. This can cause discomfort and even pain from the simple strain of standing straight.
Work situations are also a common culprit when it comes to ligament strains in the lower back. Whilst Lifting, bending, and twisting is important for us to do and be competent at, if we have poor movement and structural conditioning, these movements could lead to strain of the ligaments in our lower backs.