Pain for too long

Patient : I was in a car accident approximately 5.5 months ago. I ignored the pain in my lower left back and brushed it off as stress. I went to the Physical Therapist that pushed around and discoverd that my lower left ribs were sensitive. I did xrays that showed no broken bones and back is fine. The pain is there and I ignor it for the most part but sometimes it makes it's pain known. How do I have the Doctor detect the problem so that it can be fixed?
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