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I’ve been having lower back pain and tightness for about 5 months now. It originally would radiate down into my left leg. Now the pain mainly stays in my lower back and hips. I find that sitting for over 20-30 minutes and leaning forward causes the pain to become more prominent. I am 19 years old and participate in Weightlifting 4-5 times a week. I think improper form may have been the cause. I have stopped doing weighted squats because the minute I lift the 45lb. bar up, I have a terrible tight and painful feeling in my lower back before even squatting with it. I cannot do many of the exercise I once have. I cannot do weighted squats, deadlifts, burpees, and I have a hard time doing simple tasks such as putting my shoes and socks on in the morning. I had went to a chiropractor who told me I had a misaligned tailbone (she did not take any x-rays) and I feel like that could be possible, but her appointments did not help. Should I see a physical therapist?
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replied March 24th, 2019
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It is difficult to make a diagnosis without a complete medical history and physical examination.

Lower back or flank pain is a physical illness related to nerves, muscle, bone and abdominal-pelvic organ. The common causes (considering your age) include:

- Nerve root syndromes - these produce symptoms of nerve impingement (a nerve is directly irritated): Herniated discs, Spondylosis and Spinal disc degeneration

- Musculoskeletal pain syndromes like myofascial pain syndromes and fibromyalgia.

- Infections of the bones: Bacterial and spinal Tuberculosis

- Noninfectious inflammation of the spine (spondylitis) can cause stiffness and pain in the spine that is particularly worse in the morning

- Renal stone, stress, anxiety, depression and somatoform disorders.

The exact cause can be determined only with proper medical evaluation and hence it would be recommended to consult your doctor for proper help.

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