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Torn tendons/ligaments


I have had a stinging pain in my back since february this year (since 5 months) whenever I bend backwards or forwards arching my back. It also hurts when I press on a specific point on my lower back spine which is between the bones I think. So I only have pain in one specific spot on my back.

I have seen a chiropractor and had an x-ray which came back as normal so I do not have anything wrong with my bones and because the point where it hurts is between the bones, I am assuming it is something involving tendons or ligaments.

I have also had a blood test but that came back also as normal.

No chiropractor or doctor has been able to diagnose it! And this is making my life a misery as I need to stretch my back for the sport I do.

I believe my back injury came about because I was overstretching my back and not in the correct way. I did around an hour of back bends everyday and not correctly! If I could go back in time I would have reduced the time I did them but now it is too late!

I have tried resting my back for weeks but the pain is still there although when I have stretched it, it has been worse. I tried anti-inflammatory pills and had regular sessions with a chiropractor but the pain is still there!

Please please help! This is making my life a misery and I need your help!


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • If you are having on going problems with your low back, continuing chiropractic care might not be the best option. Xrays can check for obvious fractures, and dislocations , as well as overall alignment but does not show the soft tissue of the spine, so while it is a good idea to make sure that there are no issues with fractures, etc, you might need to see your regular doctor to have an MRI ordered to make sure that there is nothing else going on that might be the cause of the on going pain. You don't mention numbness or tingling, so it might be a simple muscle stretch or strain that you are experiencing. There are many over the counter remedies available that might help to ease some of the pain, including heat patches, topical rubs, anti inflammatory medications like motrin, or excedrin back seems to help .
    If these things do not relieve the pain in a few weeks, it might be time for a visit to the GP to ask him to evaluate the need for further study.
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