Back Pain

Back pain, although common, can be due to a variety of reasons associated with spinal issues, disc problems, muscular pain, skin inflammation, etc. It is important to address it quickly as it can be a debilitating condition.

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I have been experiencing upper back pain radiating to ribs, lower back, and hips for the past three months. What could be the reason behind that?

Query: Hello doctor, I am concerned about bone cancer. I have terrible upper back pain that is now going to the ribs and lower back, including the hips. It gets better with rest, but it has been going on for three months. I have had lots of tests and doctor visits with no answers. Previously I have had ba...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am keen to help, but the information is too scant to be specific. Please share the following information: 1) Clinical examination findings. 2) Investigation reports. 3) What is the reason for concern regarding cancer? Is it unexplained weight loss, night pain, persis...  Read Full »

Does lower back pain from lifting weights indicate a disc problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25 year old male. My height is 177 cm, weight 63 kg. I have started workout since six months. I felt lower back pain while lifting weights. Is it a disc problem?  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are chances of disc prolapse if the following conditions are associated with the lower back pain: If the lower back pain has been there for more than six weeks. If there is any radiation of pain to the leg. If there is any associated numbness in the leg. ...  Read Full »

How long should I not play sports after laminectomy surgery with screw placement?

Query: Hi doctor, I had undergone L2 laminectomy with L1 to L3 pedicular screw fixation three years ago due to a fall from height. I resumed almost all the activities except running, heavy lifting, jumping, and sports. My question is about back pain management. How can I strengthen my back for life long? ...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. By now, you should have been able to do all sports except heavy weight training and collision sports. The strengthening exercises for your back should have started as early as three months post-surgery, as the tissues would have healed by then. It is not too late to ...  Read Full »

What should I do for my on and off lower back pain that radiates to my buttock?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from lower back pain, which radiates to my buttock and thigh muscles. The pain is not constant. It comes and goes. What shall I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Without examining you, I can only offer possible causes of low back pain. The probable causes are: Muscular strain. Lumbar spondylosis. SI (sacroiliac) joint in-formation. Disc prolapse. Lumbopelvic dysfunctionality. Vitamin D deficiency. What you need to do is to see ...  Read Full »

Why am I having terrible upper back pain and left shoulder pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32 year old male, and I have a terrible upper back and left shoulder pain from past two years. The pain is radiating to the left side of the chest also. Whenever I move my neck, I hear some sound. With this pain, I feel drowsy and light-headed full day. I am not able to do routine...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like the following details. Did you take any x-ray? Have you tried physiotherapy? Was the MRI with or without contrast? Do you feel missed heartbeats when you feel drowsy? Do you get sweaty or get a sinking feeling? If yes, then you need a 24- hour Holter ECG (...  Read Full »

I do not have an improvement in my back pain. Is it a disc problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old female. About a month ago, I injured my mid-lower back while doing weightlifting. There is one vertebra that feels bruised to the touch, and I have pain in that one spot when I do certain movements, like bending. I also have a lot of muscle tightness and aching thro...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.It is very unusual for a vertebra to be fractured simply by weightlifting unless you are lifting unusually heavy weights.Yes, you can have a disc problem in weightlifting, but it is unlikely to cause tenderness on the surface of the body. You are more likely to get nerv...  Read Full »

My X-ray shows that I have lumbar spondylosis. Do I need to do an MRI?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a pain in my back, and the local doctor says that L3 might have collapsed. I can walk and do day to day activities. My x-ray report says I have lumbar spondylosis. And osteophytes are seen with sclerosis in lumber vertebra and disc space reduced between L4 - L3. The doctor advised...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I do not have all the information here but will try and explain. From you description, you do not seem to have any leg symptoms, like sciatica like pain or lumbar canal stenosis. You also have not mentioned about any night symptoms, weight loss, appetite loss, fever,...  Read Full »

What happens when your spine is fused together?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 71-years old, working part-time as a payroll specialist that makes me believe in a healthy lifestyle. I am faced with actual spinal surgery. When I spoke with the surgeon, they mentioned that part of my back had already begun fusion and is referred to as ankylosing spondylitis. I hav...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The information that you provide is incomplete as there are two separate conditions that you mention. In ankylosing spondylosis, the spine fuses and becomes stiff, and further fusion is not recommended unless an Andersson lesion complicates matters. Spinal stenosis i...  Read Full »

Why do I get back pain which aggravates only on sitting and standing?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 36 years old. I had vitamin D deficiency with back pain before four years. I did physiotherapy and ayurvedic treatment to get cured. Things got better after doing it. But still, I have some symptoms. I have back pain while sitting for a long time specifically in some kind of chair. So...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms suggest core and back muscle weakness. I suggest you do some regular exercise in the gym or yoga or even at work. Do chair-based exercise. It helps to strengthen your core strength and back toning. Do some flexibility exercise. You can consult a physio...  Read Full »

Kindly explain the consequences of poor posture.

Query: Hi doctor,What are the long-term consequences of bad posture? Please explain.  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Poor posture is likely to cause structural changes or fixed musculoligamentous issues. The outcome and timing is dependent on the starting point. By this I mean, if this starts in early childhood, one will notice the changes by late adulthood. The severity of sym...  Read Full »

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