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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are treatments for lower back stiffness?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Lower back stiffness: Low back pain, stiffness, cramping etc is best treated first with physical therapy with range of motion and strengthening exercises. Occasionally muscle relaxants might be prescribed.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
A lot!: Lifestyle changes are important like not smoking, weight control and regular exercise. You can use medication if no contraindications like ibuprophen or naproxen, try a back support, guided exercise (stretching, core stengthening, cardiovascular) at least 3x a week & activity modification. Yoga & pilates are good choices. If no better, then see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Acupuncture can also reduce pain & inflammation.
May 18, 2013

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A 42-year-old member asked:

I have lower back stiffness but only during sleep?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Sleep : Extra pillow under lower back while laying on your back, and as bonus, maybe pleasant theme on ceiling above your head.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are causes of lower back stiffness?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Lower back: Possibilities are stiffness from poor posture or uncomfortable mattress, arthritis depending on age, restless sleep, and occationally from inactivity during the day.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What can cause lower back stiffness?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Many Things: Back injury back trauma twisting the back back muscle injury spinal disc disorder ligament injury too soft mattress too hard mattress.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What can I use to relieve my lower back stiffness?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Stretch & ezercise: For most, simple stretching and exercise auffices. Heat can help as can some over the counter remedies and medications like tylenol, (acetaminophen) ibuprophen or naproxen.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Lower back stiffness?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
See below : Low back stiffness implies a loss in the normal range of motion of the lumbar spine. This loss of motion can be acute, as can happen with a back Injury that leads to spasm; or it can be chronic as can occur in a patient with osteoarthritis in the lumbar spine.

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