I am experiencing sharp back pain that gets triggered by movement. Kindly help.

Q. How to cure sharp back pain that gets triggered by movements?

Answered by
Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 25, 2022

Hello doctor,

I am a 31-year-old male, 6 feet 3 inches in height. I am experiencing sharp back pain and have had minor pain the last few days, but nothing restricting movement or activity. I sneezed earlier this morning, which sent me into sharp pain, which is minimal when laying motionless but is easily triggered by any movement involving the back.

Kindly help.

Thank you.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I went through your query and would like to advise the following:

1. Avoid lifting heavy weights.

2. Avoid arching your back; bend your knees to pick up something from the floor.

3. Avoid sitting for long hours.

4. Avoid two-wheeler rides.

5. Improve your posture while sitting.

6. Try to get up from your chair every 20 minutes, take a quick walk around, and then continue working. Always sit on a chair with back support.

7. Do not get up suddenly from a sleeping position. Instead, turn to the side and then get up.

8. Take bed rest if there is severe pain.

9. Do hot fomentations locally over the affected area atleast twice daily.

10. Apply a combination of Diclofenac sodium, Methyl salicylate, and Menthol gel locally twice daily.

It would help if you took the following medicines after consulting your specialist doctor:

  1. Take Pregabalin 75 mg tablet for ten days before dinner.
  2. Take Ibuprofen 400 mg tablet twice daily for ten days after food.
  3. Take Rabeprazole 20 mg tablet twice daily for ten days before food.

Take these tablets only if you are not allergic to them. Do not take these tablets if you have bronchial asthma. Follow up immediately in case of any untoward reactions.

Do physiotherapy:

  1. Mckenzie's back extension exercises.
  2. Back core strengthening exercises.
  3. Glute strengthening exercises.
  4. Passive straight leg raising exercises.

These exercises can be done initially under a physiotherapist's supervision or learned at home. Start physiotherapy once the pain reduces. Only regular exercises can give results. After the pain subsides, activities like swimming, yoga, and walking are good for you. Jogging, running, and weight-lifting may aggravate back problems.

Thank you.

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