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What could cause tenderness and soreness in the middle of the back?

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Dr. Praveen Tayal

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Practicing since :1994

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Posted on Thu, 4 Oct 2018 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: My back muscles have become so tender and sore over the last 3 months. The soreness is centered across the middle of my back. The inside of my elbows have become very tender. I’ve noticed this in other joints too. All of this seems to be getting worse and making me tired.
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 1 hour later
Brief Answer:

Oral muscle relaxants can help.

Detailed Answer:


Thanks for posting your query.

The pain in your back can be due to-
1. Lumbar muscle strain- due to tear or pull of muscle fibres.
2. Infections like paraspinal abscess.
3. Lumbar disc herniation, sciatica, etc.
4. Arthritis or ankylosing spondylosis.
5. Weak core muscles-Strengthening the muscles that support the spine helps keep the spine in its proper position and reduce risk of sprains, strains and lower back pain.
6. Vitamin D3 deficiency.

Proper diagnosis involves investigations like ultrasound of the abdomen, X-ray and MRI of the spine after an examination by your primary physician.

The treatment will then depend on the cause. Hot fomentation and oral muscle relaxants can provide a temporary relief till then.

I hope this answers your query.

Wishing you good health.

Dr. Praveen Tayal, Orthopaedic Surgeon

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