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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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Hello docs! can you tell me what could be the cause of my dull achy with sharp, painful spasms back pain?

Hello docs! can you tell me what could be the cause of my dull achy with sharp, painful spasms back pain?

Muscle spasm: It is difficult to tell without more history or physical exam, but if it is not radiating anywhere, just right in the same spot in your low back, then it is probably a strain or spasm of certain paraspinal muscles or occasionally hip flexors that attach to your lumbar spine. If you have any other symptoms, then it could be other things. Also, ever had kidney stones before, sometimes can feel same. ...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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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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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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Lower back pain. Constant need to crack back, to the point where I will feel uncomfortable in my skin. I try to resist cracking but I often fail.

Lower back pain.  Constant need to crack back, to the point where I will feel uncomfortable in my skin. I try to resist cracking but I often fail.

Facets: When people talk about " popping" their back in a similar manner as when people do it with their knuckles, this usually involves the facet joints; which are small joints that run up and down each side of the back. Similar to cracking your knuckles, the etiology is not well understood, but may be related to a build up of nitrogen in the capsule of the joint. ...Read more

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