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What is the possible cause of chronic lower back pain? Thanks.

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Dr. Scott Tromanhauser
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Many causes

There are many causes for back pain.
At 21 years old however they are limited. There may be a disc herniation or degeneration but that is much less likely, although still possible. It could be a simple muscle stain. The overwhelming majority of cases of lbp get better in 4-6 weeks. If you have had the problem for more than that time frame then get help. See your pcp or a spine physiatrist.

In brief: Many causes

There are many causes for back pain.
At 21 years old however they are limited. There may be a disc herniation or degeneration but that is much less likely, although still possible. It could be a simple muscle stain. The overwhelming majority of cases of lbp get better in 4-6 weeks. If you have had the problem for more than that time frame then get help. See your pcp or a spine physiatrist.
Dr. Scott Tromanhauser
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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine

In brief: Nobel Prize for this

Many possibilities as there are many moving parts, complicated motions and things that can go wrong in the back.
Sometimes an MRI can demonstrate a clear anatomic abnormality that looks like it should be painful, but usually findings are nonspecific and perhaps multifactorial. At the end of the day, most back pain is simply musculoskeletal in nature.

In brief: Nobel Prize for this

Many possibilities as there are many moving parts, complicated motions and things that can go wrong in the back.
Sometimes an MRI can demonstrate a clear anatomic abnormality that looks like it should be painful, but usually findings are nonspecific and perhaps multifactorial. At the end of the day, most back pain is simply musculoskeletal in nature.
Dr. Dan Fisher
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