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What can I do about tightness in the lower back muscles.?

What can I do about tightness in the lower back muscles.?

Stretch: Long term answer is low back strengthening through therapy and exercises, but if you are currently suffering you should start with rest. Take anti inflammatories, rest at least for 8 hours (sleep) and then perform stretching exercises to help take away your muscle spasms. If this does not help you you may need a short course of muscle relaxants. ...Read more

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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What can I do about the severe pain in my lower ribcage?

What can I do about the severe pain in my lower ribcage?

Find the source: This is tough to answer without knowing the source. There are several things that can cause this type of pain so you should discuss these symptoms with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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What can I do about quronic pain in my lower and upper back ?

What can I do about quronic pain in my lower and upper back ?

Chronic Back Pain: Chronic upper and lower back pain is quite common symptom.It is cause most of the times due to degenerative disease of the spine, which can cause herniated disc which puts pressure on the spinal nerves, it can also cause narrowing of the spinal canal, caused spinal stenosis and sometimes due to inflmmed muscles of back.You need imaging of your spine and may need physical therapy, meds, and back exercis. ...Read more

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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?

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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How should I address the pain in my upper back muscle?

See below: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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What can I do to soothe muscle pain in the back and arms?

What can I do to soothe muscle pain in the back and arms?

See your doctor: These symptoms require a thorough evaluation to find out what's going on and what can be done for you. ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain in lower right back when moving certain ways?

Back pain: Back pain can be a result of problems in the muscles, the spine or the spinal roots. If it is worse with certain movements, suggests a mechanical issue. Important to know if the pain radiates, or if there is any numbness or tingling in the legs that occur along with the pain. First, sounds like it needs evaluation, and then if it is more muscular in nature, physical therapy would probably help. ...Read more

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Side and lower back pain in the groin, what exercises can I do?

Back pain : I would rest the back and hamstrings so upper body exercises can be done for now. If you dont aggravate your back doing them. If you do, stop and take a rest for a week. May take some over the counter advil (ibuprofen) and a hot bath and massage may help relieve the muscle pains.If this does not help see your physician. ...Read more

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I am in pain in my right upper thigh, pelvis area, and stomach/lower back. What can I do to alleviate the pain?

Depends on the cause: Why do we call it blue? What if it wasn't all in your back, pressing on a nerve going into your leg, or in your stomach or pancreas cancer eating away at nerves of back? What if it was you, stressed, then manifesting by symptoms such as these? Evaluation tedious, but necessary to pin point treatment. Otherwise, everyone gets pain killers and those who die, die, & those who live, call it indigo. ...Read more

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What can I do about the pain in my cheek/jaw?

What can I do about the pain in my cheek/jaw?

Eval: It is important to determine the cause of the pain prior to providing treatment recommendations. Start with your primary physician. He or she may have a good answer or may refer you to a dentist or ENT provider depending on his or her findings. ...Read more

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My hips and lower sides of my back hurt a lot. What can I do to alleviate the pain?

My hips and lower sides of my back hurt a lot. What can I do to alleviate the pain?

EVAL: See your physician or your orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation. They can offer treatment options once the cause of the pain is determined. Consider acupuncture. ...Read more

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I tore my upper back muscles what can I do to ease the pain?

Rest, heat, meds: Everyone reacts differently to pain. If it just occurred, sometimes icing the area helps decease swelling and pain. If it was days age, warm heat often helps relax the area and can cause some pain relief. Nsaids like Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen) can help with pain. If severe, you may need to see a dr. For more definitive tx, best wishes. ...Read more

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What can I do about back pain which leads to pain in the leg?

What can I do about back pain which leads to pain in the leg?

See MD: Low back pain going down the leg sounds like sciatica, ie one of your lumbar spinal nerves is irritated. This can often improve on it's own, but if pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. There are many non-surgical options including medication, therapy, and injections. ...Read more

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I have very tight knots on the tops of my shoulders with pain in my back and torso muscles. What can I do to relieve the pain of my shoulders?

I have very tight knots on the tops of my shoulders with pain in my back and torso muscles. What can I do to relieve the pain of my shoulders?

Exercise/stress man.: Sounds like musculoskeletal manifestations of stress. Some patients will develop a condition called myofascial pain dysfunction which is treated with some simple stretching and strengthening exercises but also learning to manage stress for which there is a ton of literature. Red flags for immediate eval: unexpected weight loss, weakness or muscle atrophy, or loss of bowel or bladder control ...Read more

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In what way can I help my lower back injury?

In what way can I help my lower back injury?

Therapy, medications: Initial treatments for pain due to a back injury include physical therapy, massage, medications. Some try acupuncture or chiropractic manipulation. Weight loss, if possible, can help. If symptoms are more severe, consider pain management for stronger medications. Sometimes, despite all these treatments, symptoms are still there. Consider an evaluation by a spine surgeon to discuss surgery. ...Read more

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What can I do to soothe pain in my lower neck?

What can I do to soothe pain in my lower neck?

Options.: Consider warm water directed at the area, massage (to include deep tissue), meditation to improve relaxation of body/ muscles, accupuncture, or accupressure. Traumeel can be soothing. ...Read more

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Have a bulging disk in my lower back and the pain keeps getting worse what can I do to ease the pain?

Bulging disc: is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the US leading to nerve problem. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist. It is a conservative non-surgical treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain in upper back and neck when i get up?

What can I do for this pain in upper back and neck when i get up?

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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What can I do about tightness in the lower back muscles.?

Stretch: Long term answer is low back strengthening through therapy and exercises, but if you are currently suffering you should start with rest. Take anti inflammatories, rest at least for 8 hours (sleep) and then perform stretching exercises to help take away your muscle spasms. If this does not help you you may need a short course of muscle relaxants. ...Read more

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What is Lumbar Instability and what causes it? Why are the muscles in my lower back always tight?

Low back: Instability of the lower spine may refer to inadequate spinal or paraspinal muscles and ligaments, or spondylolisthesis producing an inadequate low back with chronic discomfort and limitation of flexibility. An orthopedic surgeon can advise you better,however. ...Read more

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Can tight lower back muscles in and of itself cause foot pain?

Can tight lower back muscles in and of itself cause foot pain?

Indirectly: It may be the opposite, that foot pain may cause back strain. But if you have tight lower back muscles, it can indirectly lead to foot pain by compensation during walking. ...Read more

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Could this be a pulled muscle or my kidneys my lower back has a tight like feeling no sharp pain or anything.i was doing something then It started?

Most likely it is an: acute muscle strain (pull) . If you have trouble with urination (pain on urination, increased frequency, radiating pain from back to bladder, frank blood or pink urine, fever/chills, etc.) then you may have kidney stones. Or you could have referred pain from gallbladder stones if it is right side of back and you have indigestion, increased gas, colicky pain after you eat. ...Read more

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Can tight muscles in lower back or butt cause pain down leg or groin? Can it affect nerves?

Can tight muscles in lower back or butt cause pain down leg or groin? Can it affect nerves?

Nerve impingement: can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. Prevention treatment is always recommended. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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Lower back feels sore and tight, could this be a result of tight leg muscles. It hurts more in the morning. How can I fix I am a HS athlete?

Lower back feels sore and tight, could this be a result of tight leg muscles. It hurts more in the morning. How can I fix I am a HS athlete?

Could be: You would first want to make sure that your pain that is worst in the morning is not because of something other than muscle tightness such as a developing spinal condition. Any tight muscles in our posterior chain from our legs to our upper back could potentially put undue stress on the lower back. Are your legs lacking flexibly? What about your lats? Yoga can never hurt in the morning. ...Read more

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I get lowerback muscle spasms.. I have constant tight and sore lower back muscles.. I have seen a number of phys. Oest. Etc.. What is my next option?

I get  lowerback muscle spasms.. I  have constant tight and sore lower back muscles.. I have seen a number of phys. Oest. Etc.. What is my next option?

You need a complete: Evaluation by a spine specialist if your symptoms are persisting over time. This would include a complete history and physical examination with the appropriate testing being indicated. Then, based on the results, a treatment plan can be recommended and initiated as well as modified by how you respond. ...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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Lower back pain.. also pain above my butt cheeks ( pelvis either side) could tight muscles cause these? If so, which and how to fix?

Yes tight muscles: It is possible that tight muscles can cause low back pain. The best treatment is warm soaks or using a heating pad followed by stretching. Yoga is a good way to prevent this. Massage and physical therapy may also be helpful. ...Read more

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Muscle spasms in lower back with pulling sensation and sciatica type pain in legs,no disks problems but really tight hamstrings could this be the caus?

Muscle spasms in lower back with pulling sensation and sciatica type pain in legs,no disks problems but really tight hamstrings could this be the caus?

Causes of sciatica: There are causes for sciatica besides disc problems. Hypertrophied muscle or spasm can push on the sciatic nerve causing pain to radiate down leg. The muscle can be in the lower back or pelvis. Since it appears that there is no serious structural problem, then physical therapy is the best way to get muscles and ligaments to relax and stretch and reduce pressure on sciatic nerve. ...Read more

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Lower back pain on spine, mid back muscle tightness, tingling in back of both legs from mid buttocks to knees about 50x/day. Xray normal. 8 months now?

Lower back pain on spine, mid back muscle tightness, tingling in back of both legs from mid buttocks to knees about 50x/day. Xray normal. 8 months now?

Back pain: plain film XRays are not enough to determine persistent Los back pain. You need and MRI. Talk with your doctor it sounds like a disc problem. But would need to know your full medical history ...Read more

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When I'm at work I do a lot of walking and after 15 min my lower back starts to pulse and throb and the muscles start to tighten up badly ?

Stretch out: I get the same thing and I am the same age....just stretch out before you start work (hamstrings, lower back etc) and continue to do this daily. I know it sounds funny to "warm-up" before work but you and I are not getting younger and we lose flexibility as we age so stretch it out. No worries Connect with my Virtual Practice on Healthtap for any dental questions with my special keycode: DFWMCQ! Securely video or text chat by virtual appointment. http://htap.us/28qexs ...Read more

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Tight feeling in my left part of the back muscle just above the kidneys wherever i sit bent without support?

Tight feeling in my left part of the back muscle just above the kidneys wherever i sit bent without support?

Back: Most likely musculoskeletal. Try Aleve or Advil.
Also might be an early urinary tract infection, so increase your fluid intake.
If continues for more than a few days then follow up with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Can prolonged sitting/ desk work cause muscle tightness on the low back/pelvic area?

My aching Back.: Many people suffer from the same symptoms after sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time. Strengthening the core muscles will help along with altering the seat/desk height ratio. ...Read more

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Low back pain/need to lose 30lbs. Any activity irritates and im out for 3 days. Back down to feet abnormally tight muscles . I stretch. No help. ?

Low back pain/need to lose 30lbs.  Any activity irritates and im out for 3 days.  Back down to feet abnormally tight muscles . I stretch. No help.  ?

Water exercise?: This is a tough problem. "any activity" is pretty broad. Have you tried water exercise. Obviously requires access to a pool, but many folks with back and leg problems can exercise in water: swimming, water walking (chest deep water: will not go fast but will burn calories), water aerobics. On land, a stationary bicycle might work. Experiment with a physical therapist or trainer. ...Read more

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Pain in low/mid back on right side. Hurts when moves. Can't get comfortable. Muscles not tight. No pain urinating. Kidneys??

Pain in low/mid back on right side. Hurts when moves. Can't get comfortable. Muscles not tight. No pain urinating. Kidneys??

Maybe: Only way to know for sure would be a more complete evaluation (primary care ok), some lab tests, a ursine test, and maybe some imaging X-ray or ct scan. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Incarcerated 14 years, on block and metal beds, played all sports. Between mid thoracic and upper lumbar, has extreme muscle tightness, cause, treat?

Incarcerated 14 years, on block and metal beds, played all sports. Between mid thoracic and upper lumbar, has extreme muscle tightness, cause, treat?

Arthritis: It is very common for one who has been active to have degenerative or arthritic changes of the thoracic and lumbar spine. This may lead to back pain, muscle spasms and tightness. The simple starting treatment is heat, massage, and hot showers. If this does not improve, check with your primary care physician. They may either refer you to physical therapy or get an MRI of the back. ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more