Treatment for a pulled lower back muscle

Written by laura rupert garcia
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Most everyone has had a pulled lower back muscle. It can be due to a sports injury or simply trying to do too much. Regardless, when a pulled lower back muscle occurs it causes significant pain and impairs mobility. The best thing for a pulled lower back muscle is treatment and an evaluation by a doctor. Ignoring the pain will likely only make the injury worse, resulting in a longer recovery.


When you have lower back pain due to a pulled muscle the best thing for it is rest. Resting the pulled muscle allows it to heal and reduces the risk of further damage. Taking a day or two off work and just lying on the couch or in bed can be the best thing for you.

Ice Pack

An ice pack helps with lower back pain. Wrap the ice pack in a towel and apply for 15-20 minutes at a time. The ice pack should help reduce the inflammation. Alternate using an ice pack and a heating pad for the best results.

Heating Pad

Putting a heating pad on your lower back for 15 to 20 minutes is a great way to improve circulation in the area. The increased blood flow speeds your recovery. The heat also helps to relax the muscle. Use a heating pad as often as necessary for a strained lower back.

Doctor or Physical Therapist

If nothing seems to work, seek an opinion from a doctor or a physical therapist.


Once you feel better, focus on strengthening your TVA or transverse abdominis. These are the deep muscles that support your spine. Sometimes, if the muscles aren't developed enough to provide support, the lower back overcompensates. This can result in more pulled lower back muscles in the future.

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