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Your Back Pain That Gets Worse When Straightening It May Also be Known as:
Back pain that worsens when bending backwards
Back pain that worsens when straightening it
Bending backwards causes back pain
Bending backwards hurts back
Bending backwards makes back hurt
Straightening back causes pain
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Top 5 Back Pain That Gets Worse When Straightening It Causes

  1. 1.Spinal Stenosis

    The spine, or backbone, protects the spinal cord and allows people to stand and bend. Spinal stenosis causes narrowing in the spine. The narrowing puts pressure on nerves and the spinal cord and can cause pain.

    You should visit your primary care physician. He/She will suggest treatments which include medications, physical therapy, braces, and surgery.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt, difficulty walking, back pain that gets worse when straightening it
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Low Back Strain

    A strain, commonly called a "pulled muscle," is when a muscle becomes overstretched and tears. A low back strain happens when one of the muscles in the lower back is stressed due to an unusual movement (such as lifting a heavy object, or lifting while twisting).

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. Over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help. Muscle relaxants or a massage could be useful in treating the pain symptoms as well. You can also try applying ice packs to reduce inflammation, or gentle heat to help stimulate blood flow and healing to the injured area.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that gets worse when sitting, back pain that gets worse when straightening it, lower left back pain, lower right back pain
    Symptoms that always occur with low back strain:
    lower back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with low back strain:
    involuntary defecation, first time leaking urine, back numbness, toe numbness, foot numbness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Paget Disease of the Bone

    Paget's disease of the bone is a disorder in which the bone recycling process goes astray. While many people with the disease have no symptoms, some suffer from bone pain and easily broken bones.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will confirm the diagnosis with a blood test and bone scans.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    new headache, pelvis pain, back pain, spontaneous bone pain, ringing in the ears
    Symptoms that always occur with paget disease of the bone:
    spontaneous bone pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Lower Back Arthritis

    Osteoarthritis, most often simply called arthritis, is a disease of cartilage. In joints, where bones touch and move against one another, cartilage helps provide lubrication for smooth movement, and acts as a shock absorber. Cartilage is also present in between vertebrae, which are the bones comprising the spine. Osteoarthritis of the spine, also known as degenerative joint disease, happens when the cartilage between vertebrae dries out and shrinks. The vertebrae are thus not as able to move smoothly against one another. The ability to walk and perform normal daily activities can be impaired due to inflammation and pain in the lower back.

    You schedule an appointment with your primary care physician (PCP), who will coordinate your care with a specialist, a physical therapist, or both. Degenerative joint disease in the spine is commonly treated with general analgesics (pain killers) such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), or stronger narcotic pain killers such hydrocodone (Vicodin) or oxycodone (Percocet) in more serious cases. Corticosteroid injections into the joints are also commonly performed, and are a very effective treatment for pain.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, spontaneous back pain, back pain that gets worse when straightening it, back pain from overuse, lower back injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Spondylolysis

    Spondylolysis is a defect in the connection between vertebrae, or the bones of the spine. Over time, small stress fractures can weaken the bones enough to cause separation of the joints. The most common symptom of this condition is low back pain, which may feel like a muscle strain.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate your care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatment for this condition is usually conservative, including pain medication, a break from sports and other activities until pain subsides, as well as physical therapy in some cases.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that gets worse when straightening it, lower back pain from an injury, back pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with spondylolysis:
    lower back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with spondylolysis:
    back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Back Pain That Gets Worse When Straightening It

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Does your back pain radiate anywhere?

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Back Pain That Gets Worse When Straightening It Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced back pain that gets worse when straightening it have also experienced:

    • 4% Nausea
    • 4% Fatigue
    • 3% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • People who have experienced back pain that gets worse when straightening it were most often matched with:

    • 9% Low Back Strain
    • 3% Spinal Stenosis
    • 2% Paget Disease of the Bone
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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