Sharp lower back pain on bending head.


Q: I have a lower sharp, sharp, back pain in my lower right side of my back when I bend my head down, (like my chin to my chest) Do you know what it is?


A:   Thank you for writing to Ask The Doctor.

I would like to start by summing up the info that you have sent to me:
You have pain in the lower back while bending
Pain from chin to chest
And the pain is a sharp pain and not a dull pain

Based on the above findings, I believe that you have either a nerve impingement issue or a muscle strain issue. These are similar conditions and the pain is also similar in nature. Since you get pain when you stretch or bend your neck, it is likely to be a muscle injury putting strain on the tendons. When a muscle gets injured, it will release toxins that cause swelling and the collection of this will cause pain.

You can prevent or alleviate this pain by using the RICE therapy. RICE is a method used to treat people with muscle injuries.
Rest the area. Avoid doing things which hurt especially bending your neck which is aggravating the pain
Ice the area. Use Ice to ice the area for 15 minutes every hour. This will reduce the swelling.
Compress the area. You can heat or cold compress the neck to reduce the swelling
Elevate the area by sleeping on your front to allow blood to flow to your heart.

If the pain persists for 3 days, please see a Doctor to get help for this. Get a thorough examination done and get treatment advice.

All the best.

Comments / Follow Ups

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