Strengthening Strengthening the muscles in and around the spine will also reduce the risk of injury. Exercises that strengthen the core muscles of the trunk (rectus abdominis, internal and external obliques, and erector spinae) should be the focus. Exercises can be accomplished through using the individuals own body weight as resistance, using external weights, or by using a piece of exercise equipment such as a therapy ball. Utilize Large Muscles One of the most important ways to prevent a back strain is utilizing the large muscles of the lower extremity to lift heavy objects rather. Injury of the popliteus muscle can be either from an acute injury, or through overuse. Acute popliteus injuries. Acute injuries to the popliteus occur after a significant force to the knee.
Because the injury is mild, the individual is typically functional (can move the spine) but with some discomfort. Increased movement exacerbates the pain and may lead to localized muscle spasm. There may also be some weakness in the muscle that has been strained.