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Back Injuries: Back Sprain (Sacroiliac Region) Symptoms and Treatment
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How long does a lower back sprain take to heal?

The average healing times are:

  1. Mild sprains — 2 to 4 weeks
  2. Moderate sprain — 4 to 6 weeks
  3. Severe sprains — 6 to 10 weeks.

The complications listed previously are more likely to occur in the case of repeated injuries.

What treatment should I use for a lower back sprain?

Treatment should consist of following your doctor's instructions. Some supplemental first aids are the "R.I.C.E." instructions: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (if possible). Don't move the person until a litter or spine board can be obtained for safe transport. If the doctor does not apply tape or elastic bandage then it is helpful, as continuing care, to use an ice pack 3 or 4 times a day for 20 minutes at a time. Place ice chips or cubes in a plastic bag. Wrap the bag in a moist towel, and place it over the injured area. After the first 72 hours, apply heat instead of ice if it feels better. Use heat lamps, hot soaks, showers, heating pads or heat liniments and ointments. Take whirlpool treatments, if available.

What medications, if any, are recommended?

Medication for minor discomfort can be nonprescription medicines such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Topical liniments and ointments can be used. Your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants, stronger pain relievers or even an injection of a long-acting local anesthetic to reduce pain. Injections of a corticosteroid, such as triamcinolone, to reduce inflammation are recommended.

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