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How can I be relieved of this sharp lower back pain?


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Answered by

Sreenivasa Rao

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At February 3, 2018
Reviewed AtJune 26, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Last night, I bent over to reach for something and got a sharp pain in the left side of my lower back and the pain is still there. I can hardly move without intense pain. Is there anything that I can do to feel better? I do lift a lot of heavy boxes at work. What should I do? I can bend straight down with slight pain but if I shift to the left or right, the pain intensifies. Please help.

Answered by Sreenivasa Rao


Welcome to icliniq.com.

The probable cause is IVDP (intervertebral disc prolapse) and iliopsoas strain.

I feel that pain could be due to irritation.

I would like to you to do a lot of icing on your back once in every two hours.

Lie on stomach with chest placed over pillows like in a cobra position for 15 minutes three to four times in a day. Do not lift weights and do not bend forward.

If you have anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxant tablets prescribed, have them. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and with their consent take the medicines.

You may need to do core and gluteus recruitment program once you recover.

As far as possible lie on the bed.

For more information consult a physiotherapist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/physiotherapist

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Sreenivasa Rao
Sreenivasa Rao


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