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Can minor misalignments heal by themselves?

neurodudenneurodude Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Lower Back Pain
So I hurt my lower back from lifting something heavy and I've had slight pain in my lower spine for about three weeks. I don't think it's muscular but the actually bone that hurts which worries me that it could be misaligned.

I did have time to see a doctor before I moved and she said it should be okay in time and didn't look too serious which was relieving. But I didn't see a spine specialist, just a general doctor.

Can a minor spinal injury heal itself? I know muscles can heal fully but can the actually spine fix itself also?

Thank you!


  • I hurt my back and waited a month and things got worse. Then I went to see my OSS and she ordered an MRI. It showed 2 herniated discs. I was sent to PT and was told not to bend forward because the disc was pushing on my spinal cord and would make things worse. I wish I had this information earlier, because I probably made things worse. Most minor spine injuries will heal, but you do not want to aggravate it or make the healing slower than it needs to be. Since I started PT, the pain is so much better. Most disc herniation takes on average 2 months to heal.

    What type of pain are you experiencing? Do you know for sure it's not a muscular injury?
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • I had severe pain all over my lower back when I first was injured but now the pain seems to have localized to just the middle. It only hurts when I bend over completely and is more of a dull pain then a shooting pain. Again it only hurts right in the middle where the bone is, not to either side. I'm worried that I perminately shifted the lower part of my spine.
  • Since your pain (as posted) is localized to your lower back, and not extending (radiating) to your butt/sides or legs, you could have stretched a ligament, or *are* a little out of alignment.

    You might want to recheck with your doctor and see if chiropractor treatments might be of help. Have you tried alternating heat and ice? Hopefully you will feel better soon.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • unfortunately, i just moved to a new city so i cant really go to a doctor right now.

    heat and ice do help a little. i think it could be a pulled ligament because when i play basketball or something, my back tends to hurt worse in my general lower back instead of feeling like my spine is just bent funny.

    i suppose i should just rest for awhile and see if it will heal by itself :) hopefully it does, i'd hate to have permanent back damage over something so silly!
  • Rest, heat a little ice could also help I am sure. Do you stretch and warm up your muscles before you play? It's been shown that we suffer more muscle/ligament injuries when we don't warm up and play on 'cold' muscles.

    Maybe some gentle stretches might help too. Before my disks started to go, I use to sit on the floor with my legs straight in front of me (feet together), and gently (no bouncing movements) stretch my back towards - reaching my toes. Then I would spread my legs out like a "V", and continue stretching now to the sides and too to the front. It use to help me a lot!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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