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In that case, you should ask yourself the questions, how much time to I spend sitting, what physical activities should/could I be doing to alter my symptoms (in a positive or negative way), what is my past history of any injuries?
With that information you should seek out professional advice and get some help for your ongoing symptoms.
The low back and pelvis are a very heavy weight bearing region as relates to the spine and sitting upright presents a great amount of weight on the spinal segments of your low back. When the segments start to change shape (degenerate) because of abnormal loads, the nerves become irritated and pain results.
I have never had hip or leg pain, but after driving 1000 miles to Colorado in a newer Toyota Corolla with a strange seat for a six footer, I experienced severe hip and leg pain that radiated down to the knee. This got better when we arrived home and I got rid of the car. A thorough exam at a knowledgeable chiropractic office would help to understand the dynamics of your situation.
Best to you!
Dr. Philip R. Schalow
There are many reasons back pain presents throughout life. The best option I would recommend is to come in so we may talk and perform an evaluation to determine the problem. Once we have assessed what is wrong we will develop a treatment plan to get you back to doing what you love to do. If we are unable to manage your condition we will refer you to another specialist.
The proper and prudent course of action is a thorough physical examination and possibly a diagnostic test to determine the appropriate diagnosis and course of treatment.
Dr. Jodie Schultz
In a typical scenario, I would ask specific questions for a better understanding and then perform an examination to make sure I can find the problem and can fix it too. Since this is not a typical scenario, I will just explain that to you and then move forward as best we can.
When you sit down all of your upper body weight is concentrated into your lower lumbar spine. You may already have some sort of vulnerability there from a previous injury (even many years ago), a disc thinning or protrusion, a spinal misalignment that has gone undetected and therefore uncorrected.
Many times we find out that this recent discomfort or pain was actually due to something in the spine from years earlier. The only way to really tell for sure would be to examine and analyze.
I would suggest that you find a local Doctor with a good reputation of helping others and at least have him or her take a look at you. This could be a general chiropractor although I would recommend at least an Upper Cervical Doctor, yes they have advanced training in Cervical Spine Problems rather than in Lumbar Spine Problems. However, we have found more times than not that it was the common upper neck misalignment from earlier that caused the pelvis or lower back area to become misaligned and unstable.
If you need help in finding a good doctor near you,I would be happy to help you with that. Just know that I recommend good doctors and if I cannot find a good one in your town I may recommend travelling a town or two away or a even a state away.
For now you can try Ice or Heat applied to the area of pain and see if that helps. You can also do some light stretching such as touching your toes and see how that does over the next few days.
All my best,
Dr Robert Arnone
The straw that broke the camel's back is a saying that has some truth to it. Sometimes it only takes a tiny force in the spine to produce symptoms.
I would get your lower back examined and adjusted by a chiropractor at your earliest convenience.
In good health
Dr. Neil Berman
call my office and let my staff schedule a time to talk.
1. For how long the back pain has been there?
2. Have you had any falls, accidents or trauma involving the area?
3. How old are you?
4. Any current medications?
5. How did it begin?
I would strongly recommend you to make an appointment for a chiropractic evaluation.
Over time one side could be spasing and shortening. The pain could be muscle tendon or nerve traction. Or you have a disc that bulges on one side pinching a nerve when you sit.
If you haven't had any trauma (car accident/slip and fall), I'd head in for a massage to see if that helps. Have them focus on that area. After that, you can see a chiropractor if your back still feels locked up or stuck in certain areas. I recommend monthly or quarterly visits for prevention sake to both providers to ensure your healthy back lasts for a lifetime and you don't have any new symptoms. With this said, I see the dentist every few years, so use as needed. ;-)
In Good Health
In mechanical lower back pain, typically you have become twisted or locked in your lumbar spine and/or pelvis. This may be from old injury, poor posture, recurring use or other causes. The body twists as best as it is able to accommodate, but at some point, even common activities, like sitting, can become painful.
Chiropractors will typically adjust the joints of the lumbar spine and pelvis, provide therapies for short term pain relief, and provide exercise instruction for long-term improvement in posture and reduction of further symptoms.
This is very common. Most of my patients who come to see me for any sort of back or neck pain tell me it started suddenly, and they do not recall injury, falls, accidents, etc. What happens is that certain areas of the body are under stress for many years till they exhibit symptoms or pain. So to answer your question, there has been stress on the joints and nerves of your lower back for many years, and it is only now starting to create problems for you. Some causes are years of poor posture, especially with desk jobs, physical labor from work, poor lifting/bending techniques, and emotional stress. I hope this helps! Find a chiropractor to get evaluated to see if an adjustment can help.