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What causes lower back pain?

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How to know whether lower back pain is because of muscle sprain or herniated disc? I have slight lower back pain since yesterday after weightlifting session. However, it has not affected my most of the back movement. At some specific posture there is a pain.
Posted Mon, 3 Mar 2014 in Back Pain
Answered by Dr. Prasad 3 hours later
Brief Answer: Radiological tests... Detailed Answer: Hi, Symptom wise, there is considerable overlap between muscle strain and disc problems. However if the pain is recent in onset and mild you can always use heat pads and topical pain agents. These are often sufficient to take care of muscle strains. Oral pain killers can be used once in awhile. If symptoms don't resolve in 2 weeks time, you can proceed to a doctor for radiological tests which will clear any doubts regarding disc problems. That being said, only serious disc issues progress to cause symptoms. Mild disc issues are asymptomatic. Take adequate rest during the period of recovery... Hope this helps. Regards
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