How To Treat Back Pain From Sports Injuries


If you’re an athlete, chances are you’ve experienced some form of back pain. The good news is that there are many ways to treat back pain from sports injuries, depending on the severity of your injury. Here are some ways to deal with this common problem:


Stretching is an important part of recovery for back pain from sports injuries. Stretching should be done after exercise, before exercise, and daily. You should also stretch before bedtime to help relax your muscles and get a good night’s sleep.

Some stretches you can try include:

  • Hamstring stretch: Lie on your back with one leg bent in front of you and the other bent behind you; gently pull back on the leg that’s bent behind you until you feel a stretch in the hamstring muscle of your straightened leg (the one that’s lying flat). Hold it there for 30 seconds or so. Then repeat with the other leg for another 30 seconds or so each time—you may need to gradually increase how long each hold goes if it becomes less effective over time! Repeat this process several times per day until symptoms subside completely or many times per day until symptoms become less frequent but still occur occasionally when performing certain movements like bending over at work or running around after children all day long 🙂

Ice therapy:

Ice therapy is a popular treatment for many sports injuries. It can help to reduce swelling, pain and inflammation that may be contributing to your back pain.

Ice can be used in two ways: cold packs or ice baths. Cold packs are handy and easy to use, but they tend not to penetrate as deeply into the body as an ice bath will, so they’re better suited for superficial injuries than more serious ones. Ice baths are also more effective at reducing swelling than cold packs—and they’re more likely to give you frostbite, which means it’s important that you follow these steps carefully! If possible, try both methods before deciding which works best for you.

  • Choose Your Location Wisely

The first thing you’ll need is a warm room; most people find it easiest if the room is between 60°F-70°F (16°C-21°C). The ideal temperature will vary depending on your personal preferences and how long your session lasts; however generally speaking we recommend starting at 65 degrees Fahrenheit then gradually increasing or decreasing depending on what feels comfortable after about 30 minutes of being immersed in water with ice floating around inside of it.* Set Up Your Equipment Correctly – To avoid getting burned from hot water coming out suddenly while filling up bucket/tub full of water before adding chilled bottles filled with cubes of frozen H20 inside either directly above stovetop burner set up under hood venting system towards ceiling level where heat doesn’t reach yet still blows upward against outside surfaces near bathroom doorway(s), etcetera.* Make Sure Everything Is Ready For Use Before Getting Started


Medication is a common treatment for back pain. Medications can be used on their own or in conjunction with other treatments, such as heat or massage therapy. It’s important to note that medications don’t treat the underlying cause of your pain, so you may need to combine them with other approaches if you want long-term relief from your symptoms. Some medications are addictive or habit forming and can cause side effects like nausea and headaches when taken too often or improperly prescribed by your doctor (or even bought online).

Antidepressants are often prescribed for people who suffer from chronic lower back pain caused by depression, anxiety disorders and/or stress—which they may have developed because they’re unable to work due to their condition! There are also many prescription drugs used specifically for treating arthritis-related joint damage in patients’ knees due to sports injuries sustained during high school football practice sessions last Thursday afternoon…

Massage therapy:

Massage therapy is a great way to treat back pain from sports injuries. There are many types of massage, including Swedish, deep tissue, and myofascial trigger point. Massage can be done by yourself at home or by a professional therapist in your city. If you decide to give it a try, make sure the person giving you the massage knows what they’re doing! You don’t want someone who’s going to hurt your back even more! Massages can be relaxing or painful depending on the type of massage you get—make sure to tell them if there’s any areas that hurt really bad when being massaged so they know not to touch those areas too hard during treatment sessions (if possible).

Joint manipulation or mobilization:

There are two common treatments for back pain caused by sports injuries: joint manipulation and joint mobilization. Both treatments involve the hands of a therapist, who will adjust the movement of your spine or joints to help alleviate any pressure on your muscles and soft tissues in that area. These treatments are safe and effective, but they can be done at home as well, provided that you have the right equipment (such as a foam roller) and experience doing the exercises correctly.

Joint manipulation is usually done by chiropractors or physical therapists; it involves using their hands to manipulate a joint through its full range of motion in order to loosen up any tissues that may be restricting normal movement. For example, if you have an injury like swelling around one of your knees from playing soccer for hours on end without proper hydration, this treatment could help reduce swelling around that area so that it doesn’t hinder blood flow anymore than necessary—and eventually go away completely once all inflammation has been dealt with properly!

Joint mobilization is also often referred to simply as “mobilization”; it’s an exercise technique designed specifically for sports injuries where there’s some level of inflammation present due to overuse injuries (like sprains). When performed correctly under supervision from someone who knows what they’re doing (like an athletic trainer), this type of exercise works wonders on alleviating pain caused by muscle strain while increasing flexibility at areas where bones meet other boney structures within our bodies such as joints between bones themselves.”

Physical therapy:

Physical therapy is a treatment that helps you recover from an injury or illness. It can help you improve your strength, flexibility and balance. Physical therapy can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including back pain, arthritis, and muscle injuries.

Physical therapists use treatments like heat/ice packs; exercise programs designed specific to your condition; electrical stimulation including ultrasound (heat) or TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation); massage; cold water immersion in the pool; traction such as stretching the spine using weights attached to your legs while lying face down on a table

Traction therapy.

Traction therapy.

Traction therapy is a type of physical therapy that uses a traction device to stretch the spine, which helps relieve back pain caused by a herniated disc. A doctor may use traction to treat acute low back pain or chronic back pain after an injury or accident. It’s also used to treat other types of spine-related conditions like scoliosis (curvature of the spine), degenerative disc disease (a breakdown in the discs between each vertebrae), and spinal stenosis (narrowing of space within your spinal canal).

There are many ways to treat back pain from sports injuries, depending on the severity of your injury.

  • In the case of a more severe sports-related back injury, you will want to see your doctor right away. If your symptoms indicate that you have experienced a herniated disc or spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), then you should get in touch with your primary care physician as soon as possible so that he or she can refer you to a specialist like an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. This is because these types of injuries require immediate treatment from specialists who are trained in diagnosing and treating them.
  • If it is determined that your injury is minor enough to wait until later, then try some home remedies first before seeing a doctor: rest and ice; apply heat if there is swelling; take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen; give yourself some time off from exercise until the pain subsides; continue exercising but do not overdo it at first until the pain goes away completely.


With proper treatment, back pain from sports injuries can be relieved and prevented. These treatments range from stretching and icing to massage therapy and more advanced interventions like physical therapy or traction therapy. The key is finding the right treatment for your specific injury because everyone is different!