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Lower Back Pain...very worried

I am an 18 year old female and have had on and off lower back pain for about 2 years. It is a spasm feeling. I am thin, but my stomach and core are not in very good shape. I do not exercise as much as I should..
I went to see an orthopedic doctor. He told me I have poor posture, and that I "hunch back". He took two x-rays and discovered I have scoliosis in my lower back. He told me, however, that it was mild and that he did not think it was the cause of my back pain. He did not tell me what he thought the cause was but recommended I go to physical therapy.

My spasm pain comes and goes. Sometimes from sitting for long periods of times or bending a funny way. It is not the most painful thing I have ever felt, but it is up there. It is very uncomfortable. When it happens I am not sure what to do, no position seems to feel right.
My neck also often feels 'tight.'

I am very inflexible, I am unable to touch my toes.

I sleep on my side or back.

My father believes physical therapy can be a waste of money and our insurance will not cover it. My brother who is an athlete and has talked to many doctors and trainers about back pain have told him the best thing to do is exercise and strengthen your back. Is this true?
The pain has not become increasingly worse...it the same amount of pain each time it comes around.

The thing is...I have TERRIBLE anxiety and OCD Crying or Very sad
I worry very much, especially about my health. I stupidly looked up symptoms of back pain and came across cancer and tumor of the spine, infection, etc.
It really freaked me out.
Could it be a tumor? The doctor did not say anything about that being a possibility...he didn't seem very worried but I am very worried.
What should I do?

Should I see another doctor? Should I go to physical therapy? What do you think could be the cause of my back pain?
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replied April 17th, 2015
Treatment options vary depending on the cause and nature of the back pain and you can try the followings
Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Treatment
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Acupuncture

But always get the advice of your doctor.
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replied April 23rd, 2015
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He told me I have poor posture, and that I "hunch back".

Do a Google search for "Static extension on elbows" this will get the discs in your lower back into place.
NOTE: Discs move 1mm in 3 minutes. So you may need to hold these for at least that long for the disc to move back into place.
For your rounded shoulders (the two go together - if your lower back is rounded, your shoulders will also be rounded forwards), lie face down on the floor with your arms directly straight up overhead.
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My spasm pain comes and goes. Sometimes from sitting for long periods of times or bending a funny way.

Use an ergonomic chair which will keep the arch in your lower back when siting or get a small cushion like "McKenzie inflatable airback" to keep the arch in your lower back while sitting.
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I have TERRIBLE anxiety and OCD Crying or Very sad
I worry very much, especially about my health.

Sounds like your body instinctively knows something is wrong.
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strengthen your back. Is this true?

Not exactly. You have to strengthen your back BUT in the right way. Just doing a bunch of crunches will not help. If you do not believe me, do 100 (or 1,000) crunches a day and get back to me in a month and tell me if you have any improvement.
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replied May 2nd, 2015
I would suggest you to consult with a specialist. You can get massage therapy or chiropractic treatment to get rid of pain. Both are good but in my opinion, deep tissue massage therapy is better. Best of luck.
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