My mother has been having back pain on the right side just above the hip. What could be the reason?

Q. What can be done to relieve severe back pain that aggravates while lifting heavy weights?

Answered by
Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 10, 2022

Hi doctor,

My mother is 55 years old, and she weighs around 78 kg. She had been having back pain on the right side just above the hip for quite some time. Today she did some heavy lifting while she was alone, and now she has a severe pain episode. She is not able to walk properly. I had given her a Calpol tablet of 350 mg as she had a fever too. Can you suggest what I should do next?



Welcome to

I understand your concern.

I suggest the following:

1. Avoid lifting heavy weights.

2. Avoid arching your back. Instead, 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. Rather, turn to the side and then get up.

8. Take bed rest if there is severe pain.

9. Do hot fomentation locally over the affected area at least twice daily.

I suggest you get X-rays done and follow up. X-ray lumbosacral spine - AP (anteroposterior) and lateral views.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards.

Treatment plan:

Follow up with X-rays.

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