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What To Do For Lower Back Pain
Low back pain: Work on strengthening your core muscles (low back and abdomen) through a low impact routine. Stretching is very important and can include traction, knees to chest, pelvic tilts, etc. A medicine ball is a good tool. These exercises can be guided by a therapist or chiropractor with other modalities as well. More aggressive options include cortisone injections. ...Read more
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
Give it time: Low back pain usually improves within 1-2 weeks, but it depends on the circumstances. If your pain has persisted for greater than 1-2 weeks despite conservative management i would see your physician. You would also want to see your physician sooner if you have any fever, chills, night sweats, or bowel/bladder changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A few options: The low back pain is classically caused by the growing abdomen putting strain on the lumbar spine, and the ligaments of the uterus stretching. Massage and mild water aerobics can be beneficial for low back pain during pregnancy. Another option is the use of a "trochanteric belt;" you can search for this term in a search engine and find a few results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See you doctor: See your physician for proper evaluation. Various things could cause the symptoms you describe. ...Read more
Depends: Most episodes of low back pain improve within1-2 weeks when treated with anti-inflammatory medication, short term rest (about 24 hrs), and resuming ambulation. Severe cases (continuing pain, leg pains, weakness, neurologic symptoms, bowel/bladder issues) may be a sign of more serious problems and require a physician consultation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: If it's musculoskeletal, can try warm heat, or heating pads, muscle relaxers, or massage and chiropractic treatments can be very helpful. I am a big fan of airrosti treatments for deep myofascial pain (they work, but they are not fun!). If it's a kidney problem or a spinal cord problem, you would need to see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do I do for lower back pain on my right side that goes all the way down my leg to my ankle? It happens often, especially when I run.
Further work up: You may have a "pinched nerve" in the lumbar spine. When you run (high impact activity) the nerve can get irritated. You may need further work up, physical exam /mri of your lumbar spine. Treatment depends on the cause but generally anti inflammatory medication, physical therapy, possibly epidural steroid injections. In the interim chose a non impact aerobic exercise program ie swim/bike. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If this is new, especially if it's related to a fall or trauma, then you need to be seen by your doctor or the er right away. If this is a chronic problem, then the most effective therapies are intense exercise daily, core strengthening, hamstring flexibility, and a healthy anti-inflammatory diet. Occasionally a change in footwear or your mattress can help too. ...Read more
Sorry to hear: That. If that pain is too severe, go to the er. Also, if you have any bowel or bladder issues with it, also go to er. Keep walking and moving as long as it does not make the pain worse. Gentle stretching, again unless it makes it much worse. Stay hydrated, try over the counter Ibuprofen if this medicine is appropriate for you. Most importantly, get the correct diagnosis to target treatment. ...Read more
No connection: You have 2 separate problems that need to be addressed separately. To receive the best care, you should always first consult your primary care physician, and he/she might refer you to a proper specialist for each problem. Example: TMD problem is an Orofacial Pain specialist field. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Just muscle pain??: Most musculoskeletal pain from diving is caused from strenuous activity during the dive. However, diver's disease, the bends or decompression sickness, can cause pain like that. I would seek advice and see if your pain could be due to decompression illness. If it is, you need to be treated in a hyperbaric chamber. Otherwise you can begin taking some Motrin and applying heat on your back. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Back pain: Recommend that you do a neutral spine core stability program for a few weeks. If not significantly improved it may be time to have it evaluated. Can see videos of neutral spine exercises on youtube. This includes planks and "birddog". You can use over the counter meds such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Diagnosis : Low back pain, LBP, in middle age from various causes. Rational medical treatment relies 1st upon diagnosis & then therapy program focused on cause. Perhaps, best diagnosticians of LBP are Osteopaths; skilled at soft tissue diagnosis. 13-30% of LBP cases due to non-inflammatory sacroiliac joint, SIJ, disorder; many associated w. childbirth, lifting or fall injuries & Hypermobility Syndrome. ...Read more
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