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Spine and Back Health

Back Pain and Maybe Displacement of Vertebrae

03/10/2009

Question:

I was in a high speed impact about 18 months ago, and ever since then my lower back pain has worsened. The vertebrae are not aligned ans feels like there is 2 pieces of bones "floating" around. It makes a crunch like feeling when any pressure is applied. I have T3s for the pain, but it is not getting any better, only worse. There is swelling as well around the area. If I apply heat, the pain subsides a little. I sleep with a pillow under my knees which alleviates it a bit too. Do I need back surgery or is there a different way of fixing this? Thanks

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. On this site, we try to answer general questions about health but cannot diagnose or recommend treatment. You appear to have some very, very specific questions about your condition, which can only be answered properly by a physician who is familiar with your history, physical exam, and test results. Your questions about the treating this condition need to be directed to your physician(s). For more information about different treatments for back conditions, please see the articles listed below. Take care.

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Response by:

David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University