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Have back pain. Had a fall earlier. No medication till now. What to do?

Hi, this afternoon I slipped by a creek and fell on my back. I didn't feel any pain then, other than embarrassment. However, later on and through now, my lower back hurts and it feels like a lump just to the left of my spine. It doesn't hurt by itself, but if I rub it, or put pressure on it, it hurts a lot. So I'm wondering if you have any tips on what I might have done. I'm 25, if that helps. Thanks!
Asked On : Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello and Welcome to HCM,
Thanks for writing to us.
From description it seems to be soft tissue injury . Lump might be due to haematoma formation(collection of blood).
You need an x-ray to rule out any bony injury.
I suggest you to consult an orthopaedician nearby for a detailed examination. You may get the X-ray of the area affected under his/her guidance.Meanwhile apply ice to affected area and take anti-inflammatory drug like motrin to reduce pain and inflammation. Avoid forward bending and rest well.
Hope this helps you.
Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Spine Surgeon Dr. Rahul D Chaudhari's  Response
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It must have hurt your back muscles. Localised swelling may feel as lump. I would suggest to start local ice and gel application with anti-inflammatory and if required muscle relaxant which will help to reduce the swelling and pain. It pain persist or swelling increases then get in touch with orthopaedic doctor and get spine x-rays to rule out bony injury. Also 1-2 days of rest would be beneficial. Thanks.
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