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What could cause chronic lower back stiffness symptoms in an 18 year old female?

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Many things: Including an old injury, posture problems, not enough exercise, or to much of the same exercise causing an over use injury. Even vitamin d deficiency has been linked to lower back pain.
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem commented
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Consider ankylosing spondylitis
Apr 8, 2012
Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 42 years experience
also obbesity leading to poor posture and prolonged sitting can cause it.
Apr 9, 2012
Dr. Paul Rogers
Adolescent Medicine 51 years experience
Growing pains: Often due to rapid bone growth that causes stretching of ligaments attached to bones. If persists more than 6 weeks or if you have numbing or tingling in your legs would consult your physician.
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Last updated Mar 31, 2016


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