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A 52-year-old female asked:

what causes my lower back to feel like it's on fire?

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Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Muscle spasm: Likely have muscle spasms in your back from bending or twisting. Your primary care doctor may prescribe muscle relaxers and physical therapy. Lumbar steroid injections may be needed if pain persists.

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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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