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The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more
Proper diagnosis 1st: This 'sprain' could be something more serious such as a disc herniation. Xrays, mri, strength & sensory tests are standard . Also, osteopathic hands-on diagnosis can prove very helpful in determining the cause, esp. If radiology is negative. Often what is thought to be a strain is something simpler & amenable to conservative, manipulative treatment. ...Read more
Rest in bed for --: No more than 2 days + take a pain med (like advil (ibuprofen) or aleve), a muscle relaxer, apply a heating pad for 20-30 minutes x 3-4 times a day, and start stretching exercises. If not improving after 3-5 days, or if you develop numbness in toes/foot or leg, see pcp for further evaluation/investigations. Good luck. ...Read more
Just got a lumbar puncture, how long should I plan to be laying down, and how long will my lower back be sore?
4 lumbar facet injection 4 weeks ago. No pain in this area prior. Now have soreness in area of injection in center lower back, Is this normal?
Low back pain : Yes. Sometimes the injections can irritate the nerves, muscles and joints. Try moist heat and stretching the back in the morning. Apply ice to the back at night. A low profile back brace may help relieve the pain too. If the pain persists then see a neurosurgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will i recover from a lumbar puncture? Will i be sore forever, will my back go back to normal? Its been a month, still sore, MRI tomorrow
If i got an infection from a lumbar puncture how and when would i know.Its the day after and back is a little sore.Thanks for your wisdom and care?
See below: A little soreness is okay. What it looks like at the needle puncture site is important. If no fever or severe pain or redness/swelling at the injection site or pus coming out, than it's probably fine. If there is any question, just call the physician's office that performed the puncture (or that ordered it). ...Read more
Is it normal to have burning and soreness with a lumbar contusion? If so, how long might this persist? Would a MRI possibly shed more light on this?
Whether you need: Further investigation would depend on amount of trauma ; how long ago it occurred- if prolonged seek help pcp. ...Read more
Really sore lower back. Should I buy another gas guzzler for lumbar support or risk small car pain ?
Car type does not : The car type usually does not matter unless it may be a low entry type vehicle. It is usually the amount of support the car seat offers and the amount of driving that you may do. Sometimes adjusting the seat and steering wheel can help as well as placing a rolled up towel behind the small of your back. Getting out of the vehicle safely and periodically for a position change can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer