What are the symptoms of back strain?

You are likely to feel pain in the small of your back (the lumbar region), in one or both buttocks, and possibly your thighs. You may find your back is stiff and difficult to move, perhaps because of associated muscle injury or tightness. If you take care, full recovery can happen in days or weeks. You may suffer from nerve root pain (sciatica), which can extend down into the leg and even into the foot. Less common symptoms are pins and needles or numbness. Again, full recovery is usual, though it may take a little more time, perhaps a month or two.

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