Minor Back Injury
Most back injuries are caused by lifting of heavy load or twisting injury. You may strain your back as a result from overuse of the muscles and ligaments in the back. Back pain caused by a minor injury will usually go away by itself within a month.
Moderate Back Injury
Moderate back injuries may result from tripping or slipping and falling short distances which involve excessive twisting of the spine.
Severe Back Injury
Severe back injuries are more likely to cause more serious problems. Severe back injuries may be caused by:
- High-energy injuries, such as motor vehicle accidents, falls from significant heights, and major sports-related injuries, for e.g. rugby, boxing, etc.
- Direct blows to the spine from moving objects.
- Blows that transmit significant force to the spine, such as being struck on top of the head or falling on the buttocks.
- Penetrating injuries, such as gunshot wounds or stab wounds.
Severe back injuries must be checked by a doctor right away.