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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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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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After standing for while feel back pain & tightness relieved when I bend over, can hear it crack. No surgery/injury. I have flat foot Causes? Normal?

Varies : There are many potential causes, among the two most common are the development if a condition known as a spondylolysis, it some early degeneration in your facet joints. If your symptoms warrant it, don't hesitate to be seen. Many conservative treatment options. ...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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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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What can I do for back pain & urge to crack/click my back all the time?

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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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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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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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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I have right side upper chest or back pain can't tell where it is it's constant and worsens when I move I'm thinking a rib is cracked or something?

I have right side upper chest or back pain can't tell where it is it's constant and worsens when I move I'm thinking a rib is cracked or something?

Your symptoms are: most likely musculoskeletal but could also be pulmonary or vascular or neurological. If they persist it would be important to see a health care provider for evaluation and avoid potentially serious consequences. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about lower back pain just right above the butt crack?

Can you tell me about lower back pain just right above the butt crack?

Muscular v disc: This is either muscular if only several weeks. If longer, may be from disc issue that could be a tear in disc or herniation. If muscular, will get better by about 6-8 weeks ; 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. If not, see doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about what to do for lower back pain just right above the butt crack?

Support your back: keep your core tight; keep weight down; elevated legs, try tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve; wear good shoe; firm mattress; see your provider ...Read more

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I have upper back pain due to trampoline gymnastics and it cracks when I do certain moves, is there anything I should be doing?

Yes, rest.: Any thing that hurts due to any exercise needs rest to heal. Stop your exercises and let it rest till the pain goes away completely. Applying heat and taking medicines like Advil or Aleve (naproxen) should help. If not better in 10 days then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Terrible lower back pain on left side and pain to the left of top of buttock crack?

Sacroiliac pain: The location is suggestive of pain from the sacroiliac joint. It could also be a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine. Get evaluated by your doctor, and try ice and an antiinflammatory medication like ibuprofen. ...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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Lower back pain? It also cracks everytime i get out of bed or turn my upper body to the side while lower body stays forward. Is this normal? Im 21 Y.O

Lower back pain? It also cracks everytime i get out of bed or turn my upper body to the side while lower body stays forward. Is this normal? Im 21 Y.O

Active lifestyle: The cracking sound when you perform that maneuver is 'normal' but don't do it often. It's best to strengthen your back with daily exercise. You could see a gym trainer to get some advice on how to strengthen your back. Or just walking daily will help. Immobility/sedentary lifestyle is bad for the back ...Read more

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Extreme lower back pain period almost over and still having cramps. Back pain feels like cracks only laying down flat helps?

Extreme lower back pain period almost over and still having cramps. Back pain feels like cracks only laying down flat helps?

Pelvic girdle pain: 19y has severe PMD with some pain remission lying flat, whereby both iliac spines are symmetrically placed vs. mattress, thus aligning pelvic girdle sacroiliac joints. Women with Hypermobility Syndrome are particularly prone to severe PMD because hormone Relaxin is secreted at this time; further loosening pelvic ligaments already genetically loosened, via inherited Hypermobility. See comments: ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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