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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Why do we tolerate this industry? One reason may sound familiar: in rehab, one feels that one is doing something, taking on a life-changing intervention whose exorbitant expense ironically reinforces the impression that epochal changes must be just around the corner. It is marketed as the sort of cleansing experience that can herald the dawn of a new era. How many of us have not indulged this fantasy at one time or another— the daydream that if we could just put our lives “on pause” for a while and retreat somewhere pastoral and lovely, we could finally make sense of all our problems?