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What Causes Severe Back Pain?

Hi, my boyfriend suffers with severe back pain most days, he is very active and fit and only 27 years old but following many doctors appointments and treatments at the chiropractor nothing has worked. We just want to know what s happening in his spine as the lower aspect feel crunchy and gristly when massaged.... If we knew his condition we could then get proper treatment for him but want to stop his suffering and pain. Thankyou. Laura.
Mon, 30 Jun 2014
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for your query.
From description it seemshe might be suffering Mechanical back pain.     
It is a common medical problem.Mechanical back pain implies the source of pain is in the spine and/or its supporting structure. The surrounding muscles and ligaments may develop reactive spasm and pain.
1. Lie on hard bed
2. Taking muscle relaxants in combination with mild pain killers will help .
3. Hot water fomentation to back 2-3 times a day and applying a local analgesic gel on the affected area will also help in providing a relief.
4. Physiotherapy - Interferential therapy (IFT) to your back will help to relieve the pain
5. Avoid driving, leaning forward, sitting for prolonged time or lifting heavy weights. These activities can increase back pain.
He can start with swimming and mild aerobic exercises. These do help a lot in the back pain. Do adequate warming up before starting the exercises daily.
Taking calcium and vitamin D 3 supplements will also help in early recovery. He can get these prescribed from orthopedician.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
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What Causes Severe Back Pain?

Hello, Thanks for your query. From description it seemshe might be suffering Mechanical back pain. It is a common medical problem.Mechanical back pain implies the source of pain is in the spine and/or its supporting structure. The surrounding muscles and ligaments may develop reactive spasm and pain. 1. Lie on hard bed 2. Taking muscle relaxants in combination with mild pain killers will help . 3. Hot water fomentation to back 2-3 times a day and applying a local analgesic gel on the affected area will also help in providing a relief. 4. Physiotherapy - Interferential therapy (IFT) to your back will help to relieve the pain 5. Avoid driving, leaning forward, sitting for prolonged time or lifting heavy weights. These activities can increase back pain. He can start with swimming and mild aerobic exercises. These do help a lot in the back pain. Do adequate warming up before starting the exercises daily. Taking calcium and vitamin D 3 supplements will also help in early recovery. He can get these prescribed from orthopedician. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care