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teenage son with severe back pain

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my 16 year old son is very fit .he plays football(soccer)at a high level.attends the gym 4 or 5 times a week.for the past few weeks he has complained of really bad lower back pain.it hurts in the centre and outwards towards the sides.any suggestions would be appreciated.cant get a doctors appointment until a weeks time
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replied October 8th, 2010
Active User, very eHealthy (online)
you need a good doctor to examine him hopfully he can come up with somthing. someone here may be able to come up with something useful then but with no medical history and no test results i wouldnt say anything exept get him to take things easy in the mean time.
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replied October 8th, 2010
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hi davey,
ROLLAR is correct that he should take it easy which isnt so easy for a teenager. the big question is how severely he injured his spine. it might be just muscular in which case he can do some stretching to bring back into shape. but what if its something more severe? if it was a disk that was damaged he most likely would have experienced the most severe pain of his life when the accident occurred. any pain running down legs or hips would also be a bad sign. the only way to rule out a disc is to get mri. its possible he broke a part of his vertebrae. this can cause irritation in his spine and if not treated properly will cause more damage over time. i would not have him do football till his pain subsides and like ROLLAR mentions he should see a doc to rule out anything serious. a dr of physical medicine, physiatrist, or a sports medicine orthopedic dr would be good to see. hope he gets back on field soon. advil and or tylenol would help pain. hot packs and hot showers will help loosen up muscles......pete
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replied October 8th, 2010
thanks for the the replies guys.he has a drs appointment next week,hopefully he can get to the root of this sooner rather than later.
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