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A 22-year-old male asked:

what are the basic ways to improve lower back health?

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Dr. Michael Gross
Nephrology and Dialysis 46 years experience
Back health: exercise maybe PT

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When I bend over to garden why do I feel like a rubber band is snapping in my lower back?

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Dr. Richard Roux
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Tight low back: It is most likely that you have tight muscles in your lower back and perhaps tight hamstring muscles as well. Often, physical therapy can be helpful.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

My lower back feels still as a cardboard when I get up from my chair after an hour or so of sitting.?

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Question?: This appears more of a statement; as a suggestion i find that inflammation causes the stiffness so anything you can do to reduce inflammation will reduce the stiffness. I suggest: increase filtered water intake to 8 glasses per day, stop all soda, sugar, alcohol & coffee intake; back stretching and strenghenting exercise; rebounding. Herbal anti-inflammatories (cat's claw) 3 caps 3x/day.
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A 19-year-old member asked:

I have started to get small bumps on my lower back. They are painless and contain nothing.?

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Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Lipoma possibly: That area is common for lipomas- completely benign fatty tumors just under the skin. Unless they become painful/enlarged (which might indicate an infection and would need medical treatment)- they do not require any intervention and may go away either fir no reason or dye to weight loss.
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A 50-year-old male asked:

Is it better to use ice or heat after straining one's lower back?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Do what helps: Traditional wisdom is ice for first 24 hours to limit inflammation then heat after to reduce spasm and stiffness. While this approach works well for some injuries (like a sprained ankle) i don't find patients usually get much relief from the ice portion (likely less inflammation and more muscle spasm). Heat helps most people but in the end, do whatever works for you.
A 25-year-old member asked:

What can I do to cure lower back ?

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Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
Depends: There are many potential causes of lumbago or low back pain. The most common causes are related to strain or injury to the mucles and/or structures of the lower spine. While a "cure" often depends on the actual cause, prevention can be obtained by maintaining a healthy weight, good flexibility, and a strong core. See your physician if you have pain greater than 2 weeks.

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