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Texarkana, AR
A 35-year-old female asked:

i got up yesterday with severe sharp stabbing pain in my mid back around my spine. i can't turn right or left. just wondering is it a strain or my spi?

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Dr. Scott Naftulin
Pain Management 34 years experience
Probably strain: If symptoms persist or are associated with other symptoms, see your physician.
Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Pain Management 35 years experience
Spine or rib dysfntn: Your description is most likely compatible with a vertebra or rib locking.When this happens, it causes the trapezius and levator scapula muscles to tighten down, making it painful to turn your neck. After a good history & phys, incl osteopathic hands-on exam, the cause will likely be elucidated and gentle osteopathic manipulation can likely alleviate the problem.

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Last updated Feb 4, 2021

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