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Sharp pain in morning. Have to pop back into place

andersstudioaandersstudio Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi. For a few months now I have been waking up with a pretty sharp pain in my lower back. I found that all I have to do is stretch my legs out in front of me and bend over to touch my toes. This pops my lower back into place and then I feel fine.

At first, I thought my pillow was too large and stiff so I switched to a softer one. This didn't help. I also tried sleeping on my sides more, but I still wake up with the same problem.

I saw a chiropractor once and he recommended that I see him 3 times a week for a month and to make it stronger. I wasn't confident that would help so I haven't gone back yet.

I'm in my mid 20's and I stretch on a regular basis so I don't think it's tightness in my legs, but at this point I am open to any suggestions. I'm tired of waking up in the night and in the morning with this pain and it can't be normal to have to pop it into place every morning.

Thanks in advance for your help.


  • I think you should get an MRI from your Primary Dr. to see what's going on. I used to crack my back all the time but don't think you should be self adjusting. Get some help now for your back and see if you can get an MRI. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • It would be a good idea to have an MD take a look at your back if possible. I use to crack my back when I was younger but for all I know that could be part of my problem now. Good luck.
  • Thank you both for your replies. So you think I should see my MD and NOT the chiropractor again? Since the doc will most likely send me for an MRI, should I just try to skip the doc and go for the MRI?
  • in chiropractors. They do seem to help if your problem is not serious but then you must go 2-3 times a week for a very long time. I really believe that chiros can make things worse if you do have a serious problem. I would skip the chiro and go straight to a spine specialist.
  • I would start of with an x-ray and if feasible go to the spine specialist. The x-ray will eliminate anything serious, with the alignment and height of vertebreas. So basically, if your X-rays check out ok then go see a physiotherapist. And if they don't.... then you will be visiting this site a lot more often.

    good luck
  • The doc sent me for an x-ray, which only showed minor scoliosis in L5. They simply recommended that I see Pain Management or do Physical Therapy. I'm disappointed with the limited results and I'm not sure what I should do next. My wife continues to recommend Yoga as many of her classmates have praised the wonderful results for improving lower back pain... Any more thoughts?
  • Meaning it could like you are not in pain but they have found a issue. You should ask your doctor what you should do now to prevent it to turn into something bigger. I also concur no chiros.

    There must be some therapy you can do...also I think you should consider your lucky that you found out now and not after you were lifting something heavy and it completely get bad and now pop back in will work.

    You definitely need to develop the core strength now to protect that L5.

  • The doc didn't specify whether this minor scoliosis is the contributing factor to my morning pains. I just don't know what to do as this point. Should I be worried about the x-ray results?
  • Until the doctor says that is the reason specifically I would not be worried but obviously while not an issue now it should be dealt with now before it becomes one.

    I would ask the doctor simply what should I be doing to deal with this issue. Is there some exercises or other therapy I should be doing now.

    He should have a response. I also believe that while an x-ray is fine as a first step that you may want to ask if you can have an MRI of the same area.

  • I am a physiotherapist, and I would like to reassure you that a spine can't be 'out', and therefore does not go 'back in'. This is a term which has no medical correlation in terms of pathology - at least to the best of my knowledge. You might find this useful:
  • My suggestion is to go to the physical therapist like your doctor said.. I began to go and it was helping, but because of financial reasons I had to stop going.
  • Over the past few months, I've adopted new stretches and have gone to the chiropractor on a weekly basis (about 6 weeks now) and I haven't really seen any improvement.

    The stretches that I've added to my workouts include side and forward planks, hip stretches like lengthy lunges and other yoga positions, bridges, and I've stopped doing crunches (thought maybe the excessive forward crunch created an imbalance in my core).

    On top of all of this, I fell about 2 months ago and hurt my neck, hence the push to finally see a chiro regularly. There's still some tightness in my neck and I feel a lump offset to the back left. I can't tell if it's a huge knot that just hasn't released in all this time or if it's something more serious...

    Any other ideas for the back and should I see someone about the neck?

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