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My 15 year old son has lower back pain, but no injury. He says it hurts at the base of his spine when he sits and sometimes has pain in one leg.?

My 15 year old son has lower back pain, but no injury. He says it hurts at the base of his spine when he sits and sometimes has pain in one leg.?

Time 4 medical eval.: Spondylolysis (a stress fracture or congenital defect of the pars portion of the spine) is one possible cause of low back pain in this age group. Spondylolysthesis, a condition where one vertebrae slips off the one below can be present as well and both conditions can be associated with leg pain. There are other possibilities of course, but the point is it is time to see an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Does back pain mean I have damaged my spine?

Does back pain mean I have damaged my spine?

No: There are many causes of back pain. Most common causes are muscular and these usually resolve in 7-10 days. You need to get concerned if you have associated leg/ buttock pain, weakness, tingling in the legs, incontinence. If the backache does not resolve in 7-10 days please see your md. ...Read more

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Do spine extension problems cause back pain?

See below: Not sure I understand this question some people have more back pain when they bend forward, this is usually seen in people with disc problems. Other people have more pain when they bend backward which suggests problems with the back joints (facet joints) or can be a sign of spinal stenosis which is a condition that typically occurs in older adults. ...Read more

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How can sitting cause back pain in the spine?

How can sitting cause back pain in the spine?

Positional load: Sitting places 4 times body weight load across your lower back while being in a car causes an additional vibrational stress (cars & human spines vibrate at the same harmonic frequency about 5 hertz). Prolonged positioning also adds increased load. Getting up periodically if it can be done can help as can a small lumbar roll support. Also seat adjustments can help such as a high back & armrests. ...Read more

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I have back pain in uper side of my spine without clear reasons?

I have back pain in uper side of my spine without clear reasons?

Be seen: I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can go a long way in determining the cause. It can be spine related, but there are other potential causes in that area as well. ...Read more

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I have back pain feels like a rope down my spine. What could it be?

I have back pain feels like a rope down my spine. What could it be?

See below: It depends on the cause. Symptoms like these can only be adequately diagnosed through a thorough evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm feeling like my spine hurt when I lean down any exercises that remove this back pain?

What to do if I'm feeling like my spine hurt when I lean down any exercises that remove this back pain?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. If still hurting after that I would see a pain/spine specialist for full evaluation ...Read more

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Hi...I have a back pain on the spine area but just when touching. What that can be? Maybe I hit myself and forgot? . Thank you

Localized: If the pain is very localized to one are and only with touching it, it could be something as simple as a contusion or some skin irritation. How hard do you have to push? If it continues go get checked out by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Back pain always and spine pain?

Back pain always and spine pain?

Spine Injury: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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I have back pain in upper spine center on shoulder blades, what to do?

I have back pain in upper spine center on shoulder blades, what to do?

Could be a number: Of things and only a physical exam and imaging could say for sure. However, this is a common place to have rhomboid spasms.
See
http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/359550-stretches-for-rhomboids/
perform these stretches to see if they help. See a doc if no improvement. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I have back pain in upper spine center on shoulder blades?

Local PM;R doc: Seek out a local pm;r doctor. Without more detail it's impossible to tell for sure, but this is likely not a surgical issue. Pain at the level of the scapula could be muscle pain in the rhomboids or thoracic paraspinal muscles. Interspinous ligament sprain. Fixated thoracic facet joints (a chiropractic issue). Numerous other possibilities too. Trigger point injections may help. Pt maybe. ...Read more

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Are? There any injections? That can cure back pain caused by spine curvature?

Are? There any injections? That can cure back pain caused by spine curvature?

No: There is no one miracle shot that will cure back pain from abnormal curvature of the spine. However, early detection and treatment can minimize or at the very least decrease the effects of curvature on back pain. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bad back pain and feel like I need to straighten my spine?

What to do if I have bad back pain and feel like I need to straighten my spine?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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I'm having really horrible back pain straight down my spine and on the right side of my back. What could that be?

I'm having really horrible back pain straight down my spine and on the right side of my back. What could that be?

Back pain: Have you done any recent strenuous work/exercise/heavy lifting? It is most likely that this is a muscle strain if you have. In most cases, Ibuprofen/Advil (if safe for you to take) and cool compresses help to relieve the pain. If you don't find relief, it may be wise to see a doctor to further evaluate this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Lower left sided back pain when relaxing. Sharp and intense but short duration. Also a small bulge on low spine. What is it?

Back pain: It all depends on what has been going on the days prior to the onset of pain. Did you fall? Lifted something heavy? Sometimes injuries on muscle may present with a bulge. I recommend that if symptoms last more than a few days you get checked by your pcp. ...Read more

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When I bend over while standing up, I have sudden/sharp back pain in my spine between the lower end of my shoulder blades. Possibilities?

When I bend over while standing up, I have sudden/sharp back pain in my spine between the lower end of my shoulder blades. Possibilities?

A couple of thoughts: Sharp pain at the lower edge of the shoulder blades aggravated by bending over may be caused by thoracic disc inj./vertebral dysftn/nerve compression/ligament inj or rib dysfunction, usually. X-rays will rarely reveal the cause.MRI may show disc inj., but only a good phys. Incl. Osteopathic hands-on exam will likely find the other causes. Care may then incl. Manipulation/prolotherapy/surg/meds, etc. ...Read more

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Upper back pain on right side of spine?

Upper back pain on right side of spine?

Rhomboid strain: Tenderness is a hallmark nsaids, and a good massage heat will help muscle pain. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my back pain is from my muscles or spine?

How can I tell if my back pain is from my muscles or spine?

Nerve irritation: Spinal nerve root irritation always causes muscle spasms. If the pain is primarily due to nerve damage, there are symptoms of pins pte pte and needles, numbness, burning, shooting and sharp pains. As the pain is due to nerve irritation with predominant muscle spasm, the pain is usually aching, cramping, dull, and the muscles are stiff and tight. You will need to be evaluated by your family docto. ...Read more

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Curved spine and prolonged sitting. Does it cause back pain?

Curved spine and prolonged sitting. Does it cause back pain?

Sometimes: In my clinical experience, prolonged sitting, even w/ normal spine can result in taught muscles, flexed vertebrae & injured/inflamed nerves. Injured ligaments also allow abnormal spine motion/hyperflexion during sitting, resulting in pain. Abnormal curves make the spine/muscles/nerves even more susceptible to such irritation. Osteopathic diagnosis, manipulation, prolo/neuroprolotherapy, etc. May help ...Read more

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Dull lower right back pain. How to tell whether muscle or spine related?

Dull lower right back pain. How to tell whether muscle or spine related?

Low back: Usually muscular and will resolve with time. Symptoms that cause sharp pain or pain that radiates require further attention ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference b/w back pain caused by muscles or muscle pull and back pain originating from the spine?

May be the same: There is a lot of overlap, and back pain can be tough to diagnose and treat. Generally, it's all coming from the same mechanism, irritated nerve fibers from spine cause pain. Often the pain causes spasm, so there is a cycle. Burning, hot, electrical or difficult to describe pain that radiates into buttocks or down leg is spine. If it's chronic and/or recurrent it's spine. ...Read more

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There is a slight curve at the top of my spine. I don't have any back pain. Is this scoliosis or could I just need adjusted?

There is a slight curve at the top of my spine. I don't have any back pain. Is this scoliosis or could I just need adjusted?

Slight curve?: Do you mean the slight curve that everybody has, the normal cervical lordosis? Lordosis, kyphosis, scoliosis, "adjustment" is pure chiropractic quackery. In your young healthy neck, everything's held tightly in place by discs, muscles & ligaments. It can't get OUT of adjustment. Be skeptical. Arm yourself with real knowledge. Don't be a sucker for all the pseudoscientific claptrap out there. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat/ reduce pain? I heard injection of steroids into the spine will help with back pain. True? What else?

What can be done to treat/ reduce pain? I heard injection of steroids into the spine will help with back pain. True? What else?

Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the spine (mid back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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I've been having back pain that's sensitive to touch on spine and radiates to the right side of abdomen, rt side is also sensitive to touch.

Any studies?: This may represent nerve or nerve root irritation. If it is inflammatory an NSAID may help; if no resolution then seek further evaluation. ...Read more

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I can barely stand up: severe lower right back pain, with swelling in middle of back next to spine--started when I was standing putting on sock?

I can barely stand up: severe lower right back pain, with swelling in middle of back next to spine--started when I was standing putting on sock?

Muscle pull, disc: This is most likely muscle and would ice the back if it recent and later heat. Other causes such as sciatica caused by a slipped disc, nerve injury, bone injury all will need evaluation. See your physicain and if necessary see a specialist like a rheumatologist depending on the differential. ...Read more

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I have multiple lipomas. Many near my spine. Can they effect or make back pain? My back gets pulled often & right by where the lipomas are. Remove?

Lipomas can push on: Surrounding tissue, and if there is a nerve nearby that can lead to discomfort. Lipomas themselves are benign and tend to cause pain when they are in an odd location, when pressure is put on them, or if they grow so large they push on nearby muscle, etc. Removing them is usually a straightforward outpatient procedure done under local. See a doctor to make sure it is not related to something deeper ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more