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Use A Cushion For Back Pain
Possibly: Placing a plywood board under a mattress can help with low back pain, especially if the current mattress is old, too soft or sagging. If, however, the mattress is firm or relatively new, the board will probably do very little in terms of helping with back pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes you can: Massage will relax your muscles and help you spend 15 minutes of rest. Breast feeding requires a different type of relaxation with focus on the baby. I won't recommend trying them together. Your back should feel well by 6 weeks after c-section. Seek help if it lasts longer. ...Read more
I'm a contortionist and for a few months, i've had lower spine pain. I have a strong back and use an inversion table often, so why does my back hurt?
Hour: In general the manufacturers recommend an hour or less at a time. Most likely there is no danger with longer but i would follow those recommendations. ...Read more
See below: There is no exact answer. I usually tell patients to use it for 30 minutes at a time 3-4 times per day. ...Read more
If long periods seated at a desk are giving you a sore back, your office chair may need adjusting to give you better back support — or you may even need a new chair designed to reduce back pain: Sitting on a fitness ball for office work is not recommended. To stay upright on a fitness ball, you have to make constant, small adjustments in muscle tension and weight distribution. This effort helps you achieve the benefits of core-strengthening exercises performed with a fitness ball. Prolonged balancing on a fitness ball during a full day of work, however, may lead to increased fatigue and discomfort in your back. ...Read more
Pain in calf for 4 months that quits fir a week or so then comes back. Can a misplaced hip cause calf pain?
Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more
For running , My back gets a little cramp like and sore & using leg press for squats. Is a foam roller good for stretching the back? Any safe tips?
Will a shot in my neck help with a pinch nerve. I'm already on fentanyl pain patch and Dilaudid 8mg for CMT back pain. Pain meds does not help with th?
Pain in the neck: what you need is a diagnosis and a program of physical therapy. Recent study showed that UNDERSTANDING the pain source helps with proper PT. you can check out my cervical exercises at www.grossaninstitute.com but first fully understand what your problem is and follow exercise program by a physical therapist. ...Read more
Orthotics: Check and see if you have flatfeet. Standing on flatfeet for long periods of time can cause the symptoms you have. If you do try an over the counter arch support like spenco. If you have a hard time adapting to them you may require a custom device which a podiatrist would be able to help you with. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi, I've had lower back pain for a few years and recently got an MRI after the pain had started to increase. The diagnosis is a disc bulge in the L4/L5 area. I'm a triathlete and the back pain hinders my performance. It also hurts to sit for long periods
I have had back of knee pain for a few weeks, sore when straightening from acute angle and hurts most if a twist happens. Should I use a support?
Investigate why?: Sounds like it could be a Bakers cyst! These are knee fluid collection in a cyst behind the knee, likely as a result of trauma, wear and tear,i.e. A torn meniscus?, should get an MRI to better understand why this is occurring!A support may make it worse! Need to find out what causes the fluid buildup up! May need to aspirated knee, please see a rheumatologist or Ortho, Best! ...Read more
What could cause leg pain and back pain from sleeping or sitting in one position for a long time?
Lower back pain around spine for 2wks. Pain eases off a little at times then it returns. Not taken OTC or prescription pain med. What can this be? Treatment?
Pinched Nerve/Muscle: Most times back pain that is sudden onset will resolve. You should use anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen, aleve around the clock and even tylenol (acetaminophen) to help. If this does not resolve you should see doctor for a muscle relaxant as well. If it still does not resolve, i would recommend seeing a spine specialist for a full evaluation and testing. You may need to get an MRI to see inside the back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
28. Can a muscle strain or pinched nerve cause pain for months? Took a break from my fitness routine for a month and still feel it in chest/arm/back
Yes: When exercising did you feel a 'tear or pull' sensation? Is it chest or arm? Perhaps just persistent inflammation of a muscle/ligamentous structure, or nerve. Is it tender to touch? that would indicate a musculoskeletal structure, as opposed to in internal chest structure. Try stretching exercise, and Ibuprofen/naproxen OTC. If severe, or exertional, or associated w/ shortness of breath, see a Dr ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgeon reccomended a fusion for reherniated disc at l4/5 and grinding. Does this typically help just the leg pain or back pain too?
Great question: Typically, a fusion procedure (alif/plif/tlif) are most effective for radicular leg pain. If there is instability in the low back, ie) from fracture or spondylolisthesis, fusion may be effective in alleviating axial low back pain. In most cases, it is the leg pain that is improved, much more than low back pain. You can consult nass website for all indications for fusion procedures. ...Read more
For a week or two, I experienced a dull pain on my lower abdomen and this pain spread to the lower back (pelvic region) with a warm sensation. Stone?
Unlikely: Stone pain is excruciating, tends to radiate from flank to groin. Would wonder about ruptured ovarian cyst which would be more likely to cause this type of pain. Endometriosis would also be on the list as well as a host of other diagnoses. Best to see your doctor for evaluation if symptoms persist. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more
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