Lumbar Pain and Sports Injuries of the Back

Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician, discusses lumbar pain and injuries, diagnosis and common treatment options.

Loading the player...

Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician, discusses lumbar pain and injuries, diagnosis and common treatment options.
11215 Views
Share
Video transcript

Featuring Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician Video Title: Lumbar Pain and Sports Injuries of the Back Duration: 1 minute, 58 seconds

There are lots of different types of lower back pain. In particular, in sports one of the most common ones we see is called lumbar facet syndrome.

The facet joints are the stabilizing joints on the back of the spine. And so as you extend, meaning as you straighten up, then you're applying pressure to those joints. In sports where people could get stood up suddenly, so for example in a tackling sport where you're meeting head-on with an opponent, that can certainly lead to an injury of those joints.

But in other sports where people are rotating over repeated – they're rotating repeatedly or if they are rotated suddenly, again in a contact-type situation, that can also lead to this problem.

So for example, in golfers, in baseball players when they're batting, in hockey players when they're taking shots, all of those rotational movements will also create pressure in the lumbar facet joints and could lead to injuries either chronically, so slowly overtime, or acutely if there's some sudden moment.

When people are not very strong in their core muscles, this increases the probability of injury. So in our recreational athletes who have perhaps less time to keep themselves in shape than our elite or professional athletes, they run a somewhat higher risk of injuries of this type.

For many people who spend most of their day sitting, in particular, you know, in office jobs or these types of situations, this also leads to weakening of these muscles and again, makes them more vulnerable to injury.

The treatment for these kinds of problems of course include strengthening in and around the back and the core muscles, stretching of the hamstrings and other muscles that have an impact on how the back functions. And of course posture throughout the day is a very important consideration.

If you've had a lower back injury or this type or have other questions about lumbar facet syndrome, there are various treatment options that are available to you.

Video provided in conjunction with Dr Grant Lum and Athletic Edge Sports Medicine http://www.aesmphysiotherapytoronto.ca/

Presenter: Dr. Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician, Toronto, ON

Local Practitioners: Sports Medicine Physician

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.