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Dr. Alexandre de Moura
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back is also known as Back pain. 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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Really bad back pain & urge to crack/click my back all the time, help?

Really bad back pain & urge to crack/click my back all the time, help?

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 lumbar spine (low 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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My upper back hurts, i crack it and get no relife, I have a bump on the back of my neck, i think its genetics, could that be the cause of my back pain?

My upper back hurts, i crack it and get no relife, I have a bump on the back of my neck, i think its genetics, could that be the cause of my back pain?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Spine pain, spine cracks relief.. Left side lower rib burning, lots of stomach air. Could back pain be causing rib and stomach issues?

Spine pain, spine cracks relief.. Left side lower rib burning, lots of stomach air. Could back pain be causing rib and stomach issues?

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 lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. The ribs may or may not be related with the spine ; the stomach air has no relation to spine. ...Read more

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If I have had chronic upper right back pain for over 2 years what could it be? I constantly need to crack my back ie over the back of a chair

If I have had chronic upper right back pain for over 2 years what could it be? I constantly need to crack my back ie over the back of a chair

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. It sounds like you might experience from spinal degenerative condition, you should seek help from a pain management doctor. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Kiley Reynolds
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What can I do for back pain & urge to crack/click my back all the time?

Cracking Back: The urge to crack your back is not abnormal. The altered mechanics of the small facet joints of the lower back can cause fluid to become trapped in small pockets which are uncomfortable. Twisting and bending can cause a cracking sound which is the redistribution of fluid in the joint capsule and leads to decreased discomfort. ...Read more

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Back pain & urge to crack/click my back all the time. Is this just compounding the damage?

Back pain & urge to crack/click my back all the time. Is this just compounding the damage?

Facet joint popping: Most probably you are popping your facet joints in the spine. While this should be fairly harmless, i don't recommend doing this frequently. ...Read more

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Dr. Natalie Geary
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My sons feet crack every morning 4 last few months but no pain and now back pain last few days. His sister has jia so should I be concerned?

See rheumatologist: I do not know what age your son is but if you have arthritis in the famiily you should take him to rheumatologist where his sister goes. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Severe/moderate dull upper back pain that never goes away, gets worse at night, and it always cracks whenever i move or breathe..(im 16) what is it?

Severe/moderate dull upper back pain that never goes away, gets worse at night, and it always cracks whenever i move or breathe..(im 16) what is it?

DO YOU SMOKE: The first question do you smoke if you do most likely it is related to smoking second question are you coughing and is your cough dry or productive the cough could be the result of smoking most smokers have morning cough that they keep coughing until either brake a rib talking about ribs have you have any accident recently or a fight that cause direct trauma to your ribs that is very painful. ...Read more

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As of recent I've been experience stabbing and burning pains accompanied with back pain. My neck also cracks constantly during the day. Any advice?

As of recent I've been experience stabbing and burning pains accompanied with back pain. My neck also cracks constantly during the day. Any advice?

R/O ARTHRITIS: If your photo is accurate and you are an avid skier. You probably have both neck and back arthritis. You need a full exam and lab workup including TFTS /vitD/ Lyme titers. Cervical and lumbar spine X-rays. Depending on results cervical/lumbar MRI. You should also go gluten free wholeApproach. Com. And start vitamin supplements. Glucosamine/krill oil/ubiquinol/resveretral. Also PT eval for ROM. ...Read more

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