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Occasional pain in lower back

Here’s the story...

A few months ago I was in a car accident.  I was able to walk away a little sore but overall seemed uninjured.  I’ve noticed since that my lower back area seems to have sustained some type of injury along the way. Day to day activities are pretty normal, and I haven’t noticed any constant pain/discomfort or decrease in range of motion. 

My back can occasionally for lack of a better term feel “tight” in the past, I would normally lay on my side, raise my knee to my chest and I could get my back to pop. 

Since the accident, I haven’t been able to do that the same way. If I try, it tends to be almost painful to attempt. I can run my hand along my spine and feel a few areas that are sore. 

In the few times I have been able to get a pop, it’s been a a very minimal one and is accompanied by a shooting pain that suddenly radiates along the spine to my mid back section. 

The doctor seems to think I should continue to ice it and take some NSAIDs.  I’m thinking that there has to be some underlying damange. 

Any thoughts from the community??



  • If I was in your situation I’d request an MRI from my family doctor. Or a referral to a neurosurgeon who may want to order a lumbar MRI. Good luck. Please keep us posted.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,419

    Just keep an eye on it and that the pain does not start to shoot down your leg.   This could just be the result of an acute problem that should subside over a short period of time (what that time is, is difficult to say)

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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  • Not so sure you should ever hear a pop in your back, apart from cracks when awakening. What Dialuro says makes best sense

  • Self-Care for Low Back Pain

    Basic remedies applied at home
    can be effective for treating mild or acute pain from muscle strain, as
    well as reducing the effects of chronic, severe pain. Self-care is
    administered by the individual and can easily be adjusted. These methods

    Short rest period. Many
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    strenuous activity. It is not advised to rest for more than a few days,
    as too much inactivity can make healing more difficult.

    Activity modification. One variant of resting is to stay active but avoid activities and positions that aggravate the pain. For example, if long periods of sitting in a car or at a desk make the pain worse, then set a timer to get up every 20 minutes and walk around or gently stretch. If standing makes the pain worse, avoid chores that require standing such as washing dishes at the sink. Avoiding, or minimizing, activities and positions that worsen the pain will help prevent or reduce painful back spasms and allow for a better healing environment.

    Heat/ice therapy. Heat from a warm bath, hot water bottle, electric heating pad, or chemical or adhesive heat wraps can relax tense muscles and improve blood flow. Increased blood flow brings nutrients and oxygen that muscles need to heal and stay healthy. If the low back is painful due to inflammation, ice or cold packs can be used to reduce swelling. It’s important to protect the skin while applying heat and ice to prevent tissue damage.

    Alternating heat and ice can be especially helpful when returning to activity: applying heat before activities helps relax muscles, allowing for better flexibility and mobility; applying ice after activity reduces the chances of an area becoming irritated and swollen from exercise.

    Over-the-counter pain medications. The most common over-the-counter (OTC) medications are aspirin (e.g. Bayer), ibuprofen (e.g. Advil), naproxen (e.g. Aleve), and acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol). Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are anti-inflammatory medicines, which alleviate low back pain caused by a swollen nerves or muscles. Acetaminophen works by interfering with pain signals sent to the brain.

    Self-care treatments generally do not need guidance from a doctor, but should be used carefully and attentively. Any type of medication carries possible risks and side effects. If a patient is unsure which kinds of self-care would work best, talking to a doctor is advised.

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