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A 19-year-old male asked:

what is wrong with my back? i woke up one day and my lower spine right above my butt has a very sharp pain when i bend over & feels weird when walk.

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Muscular v disc: This is either muscular issue if only several weeks. If longer, it may be from a disc issue that could be a tear in the disc or a herniation. If muscular, it will get better by about 6-8 weeks and 90% of discs improve over time. Otc meds can help as can heat &/or ice as well as guided exercise & activity modification. Lifestyle changes like weight control, not smoking & regular exercise are key.

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