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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Michalski
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Low back pain: Many, many possibilities. Most often just sprain/strain, but could also be fracture, tumor, infection, disc problems, spurs, stenosis, among others.
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Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
16 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
See a physiatrist : The best medicine for low back pain is ice, heat, stretching, exercise and time. Topical creams and patches may help too. Medicine by mouth should be ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
32 years experience Family Medicine
Back pain: Causes of back pain: Vertebral compression fracture, radicular pain from sciatica, facet syndrome. Kidney stone, appendicitis, diverticulitis, ovaria ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Zych
46 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Many causes: Many possible causes you should see a spine specialist to evaulate this problem.
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Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
16 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Depends: Could be a herniated disc, muscle strain, faced joint or ligament sprain. Bad posture usually is to blame.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Krenn
20 years experience Family Medicine
Meds, therapy: Back pain can be managed with anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxers, stretching and strengthening exercises, physical therapy, epidural stero ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Krenn
20 years experience Family Medicine
X-ray/MRI: X-rays and mris are often done in conjunction with a physical exam to determine the cause of back pain. However, these are usually not needed early on ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
55 years experience Rheumatology
Many possibilities: It can be musculoskeletal which is usually worse with motion but serious internal problems can also have back pain. Without more data your best dec ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Cantieri
40 years experience Pain Management
Exercise: I'd suggest you see a physician since you describe your pain as severe. If you are given a clean bill of health a stretching and strengthening program ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chukwuka Okafor
16 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Numerous things: seek a doctor for help. It can range from simple sprain/strain, to spine fractures, to very symptomatic sacroiliitis, to tumor, to vascular problem, t ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Morton
18 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Stretch: There are many causes of low back pain. Usually acute back or hip pain will improve over 1-2 weeks with anti-inflammatories, gentle streching, and use ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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No right answer: There are many potential causes for back pain both mild and severe. The best thing to do particularly if your back pain is severe is to see your docto ... Read More
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