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Doctor insights on: Pain In Lower Back Muscles

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Can i rest my back or is there exercises i can do to stop this pain in my lower back and leg muscles?

Can i rest my back or is there exercises i can do to stop this pain in my lower back and leg muscles?

Depends: If its an acute problem rest and alternate heat and cold as tolerated. If its chronic muscle strengthening may be helpful to prevent future problems. See a doc or physical therapist to get specifics.You need to make sure you dont have a ruptured disc before doing any therapy. Make sure if your doing routine execise that you are doing them properly and its not the cause as well. ...Read more

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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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Bent over yesterday and had severe pain in lower back. Got a bit better yesterday but is very stiff this morning. Muscle or disc?

Can be either but : The good news is that most acute back pains without radiating pain to legs are better within 2 weeks of onset. Do most never get diagnosed as the pain is self limiting . Always be careful of hoe you lift and bend while maintaining a healthy lifestyle of exercise, weight control and never using tobacco products. ...Read more

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Can piriformis sydrome cause sharp stabbing pain in lower back more to side area of back when twisting to the side plus muscle spasms in back at night?

Can piriformis sydrome cause sharp stabbing pain in lower back more to side area of back when twisting to the side plus muscle spasms in back at night?

Yes: Piriformis syndrome describes the set of symptoms that can occur from an abnormal piriformis muscle/tendon. The piriformis begins in the pelvis and inserts on the hip and can cause back , hip, and buttock pain as well as pain that runs down the leg. ...Read more

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I have a persistent (two weeks now) pain in lower back; just above the hip and almost to the side. I assume it's a muscle strain. What can be done?

Low back pain: There are a number of things we don't recommend, one of which is imaging (xrays, CT scans, MRIs etc) for back pain in 1st 6wks unless have red flag symptoms/signs. Check out http://www.choosingwisely.org/doctor-patient-lists/american-academy-of-family-physicians/ & http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/back-pain/basics/definition/con-20020797. Avoid aggravating activities but no bed rest! ...Read more

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Is there a muscle that runs along the spine in the back that if it became tight wood appear swollen and cause pain in lower back wrapping around

Para spinal muscles: Yes there are strong muscles called para spinal muscles. They include erector spinae their job is to keep your posture upright they can go into spasm and become roppy in case of back pain or sprain. ...Read more

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Pain down the back of left leg and into my calf muscle. I am currently on workers comp.I have a work injury, its 3 herniated disc in my neck.Over the past 2 weeks I have been having pain in lower back side and pain in my left calf muscle.I woke up 2 nites

You : You could have a cord compression or myelopathy but this is not very common. This type of problem is more common with pinched nerves to the low back. Another possibility with calf pain is a blood clot in the area which should be evaluated immediately. Tell your doctor right away. After examination he may request a doppler test for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Do planks workout the lower back stabalizer muscles?

Do planks workout the lower back stabalizer muscles?

Not so much: Planks are excellent 'core' workouts that can be done in the gym or at home . Planks work primarily the abdominal muscles and glutes if done correctly . Best of luck on your workouts! ...Read more

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How long sure does it take for pulled lower back muscles to heal?

How long sure does it take for pulled lower back muscles to heal?

The back muscles: May not be pulled, but are in a spasm in response to lower spine problem. Try upward dog yoga stretches for 5 min a day. ...Read more