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Lower back pain. How to tell the difference between muscle strain n slipped lumbar disc?

Lower back pain. How to tell the difference between muscle strain n slipped lumbar disc?

One can cause other: it is kind of you should be called instability, which can cause a muscle strain. We call that muscle guarding in the osteopathic world. The way to really differentiate a problem from a discrimination, use when the disc is pressing on the nerve causing shooting pain down the leg. This is when its a surgical problem. When the pain is on the back, even if there was a disk involve, it is non surgical. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Why first day or 2 of period lower back pain worst (with abdo cramps)? Chronic back pain since teen. Told need more muscles. Degenerative disc on mri.

Why first day or 2 of period lower back pain worst (with abdo cramps)? Chronic back pain since teen. Told need more muscles. Degenerative disc on mri.

Back pain: I suggest to also check your vitamin d level and you need active physical therapy (it means you learn with which muscles you need to work to strngthen you back and lessen your pain). ...Read more

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Can a non compressive disc at l5s1 cause lower back pain that radiates to both legs.dr. said my pain is only muscle cramps and need massage.advise plz?

Can a non compressive disc at l5s1 cause lower back pain that radiates to both legs.dr. said my pain is only muscle cramps and need massage.advise plz?

Yes, it's possible: It's possible, but there are many factors that can help determine that. Did you get an MRI? What is the pattern of your pain? Even if the nerve root is not being pinched, if it gets irritated, it can cause similar symptoms ...Read more

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Unable to abduct upper left leg due to worsening muscle weakness. Lower back pain x6 yrs. Mri spine "not bad" mild disc herniation l4/l5/s1. Now what?

Unable to abduct upper left leg due to worsening muscle weakness. Lower back pain x6 yrs. Mri spine "not bad" mild disc herniation l4/l5/s1. Now what?

If muscle weakness: You should be evaluated by spine specialist. Either neurosurgery or orthopedic spine fellowship trained doctor who can relieve the pressure on the nerve by that disc. Assuming you have had conservative care, including physical therapy, possible injections by pain management, adjustment by chiropractor very briefly. ...Read more

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What muscles contribute to lower back pain?

What muscles contribute to lower back pain?

Multifidus: As to which muscles contribute to low back pain, LBP, many doctors would say the "multifidus". Dr. V. Mooney, Prof of Orthopedics San Diego Med School, showed toned & strong straps of latissimus d. & contralateral gluteus m. support unstable sacroiliac joints, which are complicitous in 13-30% of LBP generation; due to ligament injury. "Superman" yoga pose strengthens this muscle strap mechanism. ...Read more

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Can muscles or nerves cause lower back pain?

Can muscles or nerves cause lower back pain?

Yes: Both muscles and nerves can cause back pain and may be difficult to separate the body protects itself , so with nerve injury it goes into muscle spasm. ...Read more

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Which muscles are involved in lower back pain?

Which muscles are involved in lower back pain?

Complex structure: Erector spinae, lumborum, multifidis spinalis semispinalis incomplete list complex structure muscle of stance. ...Read more

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Which muscles are involved in lower back pain?

Which muscles are involved in lower back pain?

Numerous: Muscles involved in lower back pain include larger paraspinal muscles (iliocostalis, spinalis, longissimus) as well as smaller muscles - multifidus. ...Read more

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What muscle groups are involved in lower back pain?

What muscle groups are involved in lower back pain?

A lot: Please see the below web site will explain to you the muscle group in the back. ...Read more

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What muscles are involved when suffering from lower back pain?

What muscles are involved when suffering from lower back pain?

Many muscles: One of the keys is core muscle strength. The core muscles focus on the abdominal musculature. But also important are the hip flexors and extensors and the erector muscles of the back. Strengthening is important and so is flexibility. These are areas that can best be evaluated by a pm&r doctor or a do familiar with omt. Treatment is often in conjunction with a pt. ...Read more

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Always having lower back pain, feels like pulling muscles and there is always knots there, can never massage them out, what do I do?

Always having lower back pain, feels like pulling muscles and there is always knots there, can never massage them out, what do I do?

Medical exam: evaluation, x-rays, diagnosis, evaluation, treatment and PT. You may benefit from the use of Advil or Aleve (naproxen) ( if not allergic) and also the use of BioFreeze Cream, until seen and evaluated. ...Read more

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I've always had lower back pain since I was little they said If I worked the muscles then it would help. I workout but still have pain when I wake up.

Low back pain: low back pain is usually muscular in origin. This is usually treated with back and hamstring stretching and core strengthening. 90% of patients with acute low back pain will have resolution of their pain within the first 6 weeks. Persistent pain should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain that was said to be muscle related but i'm now about 104lbs (lowest 100). I'm 5'6" & eat regular. I just had my 2nd kid 8mo ago?

I have lower back pain that was said to be muscle related but i'm now about 104lbs (lowest 100). I'm 5'6" & eat regular. I just had my 2nd kid 8mo ago?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What could be the reason of middle to lower back pain(feeling like muscle heavy or inflexible)knowing that I am just 19 years?

Mid to lower back pa: Pain can be of one of the bodies way of letting us know something is wrong.If the discomfort is mild and short lived you can keep an eye ooh it , take alleve, stretch, use heat, avoid activities and positions which cause pain.if things don't improve , you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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I have been getting sharp lower back pain for a few weeks. I think it's a puller muscle, it's kinda moving upward by the week. How can I stop it?

See your doctor: You can try heat, cold, exercise, over the counter medication. If it is not getting better or worsening, see a doctor for a thorough history, examination, possibly testing. ...Read more

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Dr patrick kohlitz first i started with lower back pain and lasted for two months and now its been 3 weeks that I am having chest pain muscle like.

Dr patrick kohlitz first i started with lower back pain and lasted for two months and now its been 3 weeks that I am having chest pain muscle like.

Sounds atypical: Your symptoms sound atypical for a healthy young man. Rarely, low back pain and muscle aches can be caused by autoimmune connective tissue diseases. If this has been going on for 2 months it is best to see a doctor for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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I have lower back pain and need to know if its spine or muscle pain. How to tell what it is?

I have lower back pain and need to know if its spine or muscle pain. How to tell what it is?

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... If your pain persists, seek help from a health care provider. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation to identify the cause of the pain. ...Read more

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I was recently taking muscle relaxers for lower back pain, but now I'm feeling upper-mid pain when I cough. Could it be a nerve problem?

I was recently taking muscle relaxers for lower back pain, but now I'm feeling upper-mid pain when I cough. Could it be a nerve problem?

Could be disc: If the upper-mid pain you have is in the upper mid back, worse when you move cough, bend or rotate the spine in that area, it may be a disc in the thoracic spine part of your back, a strain or sprained muscle. I'm not sure that it would be typical of a nerve problem (meaning a nerve disease), but we do feel pain because of our nerves, indicated a problem in that area. ...Read more

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For about 2 months, I have been having lower back pain. Over the last 2 weeks it has gotten much worse and feels more internal than just a muscle. Over the last 2-3 days it has radiated to my abdomen and making me nauseous.

For about 2 months, I have been having lower back pain.  Over the last 2 weeks it has gotten much worse and feels more internal than just a muscle.  Over the last 2-3 days it has radiated to my abdomen and making me nauseous.

Get Medical checkup: Back pain is commonly due to muscle sprain and often settles down in 4-6 weeks. if it is getting worse, there could be a more serious underlying cause. So further examinations and tests may be useful. Go see your physician and let him examine you and guide you further. ...Read more

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Can weak stomach muscles cause lower back pain?

Can  weak stomach muscles cause lower back pain?

Yes for sure: The muscles of the abdomen support the back when are tight , and that help to make the back stronger so that support lost it dose effect the back. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...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