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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: Trapezius (Lower Back Fibers) pain in the morning


 amchi - Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:14 am

Symptoms:
Sharp, sudden pain in lower back.
Only early in the morning and very late at night.
After moving around for an hour or so, or applying warm compresses it goes away.
Hot shower helps as well.
Pain is around 8 on a scale of 10.
Very sudden and seems to depend on my posture.
Any kind of upper body movement is very painful.
Keeping my back straight and waiting is the only thing that helps.
400mg Ibuprofen does nothing (at least not within 30-45 minutes).
Touching does not improve or worsen the pain.

(I kinda connected Dumbbell Bent-over Row like here http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/BackGeneral/DBBentOverRow.html with the pain....but not sure what to do about it)
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:07 am

User avatar Thanks for the question.

Has this dumbbell row exercise been recently added to your exercise routine? What other kinds of activities do you do regularly and have you changed any routine of late? Any heavy lifting or repetitive back motions (bending, twisting, reaching overhead or to the side?).
How long have you had the back pain?

Most acute low back pain resolves on its own within 30 days. NSAIDS, ice and/or heat, and walking to tolerance are all indicated treatments. Prescription strength ibuprofen is 800mg 3x a day.

See a physician if pain worsens, pain radiates into legs, pins or needles sensation in the legs, or numbness in the legs or lower pelvic area.

Let us know how things work out or if you have any more questions.

ps May change the row exercise position from a bent over row to a seated row with pulleys or on a row machine and decrease the weight and reps...or stop the row exercise for awhile. This would test the hypothesis that the bent over row is causing the pain.

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