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Spinal deformities and deviations

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Just over one year ago I started a new job and got really painlful mid back pain which subsided after nearly two weeks. Another 6 months later I had the same systoms but probably more severe. Just over 6 months later the same has occured. Starts off as a dull ache that isn't that painful but then after a week or so turns into sore pain. Almost at the bottom of my shoulder blades. I have also noticed that over the last year that my neck is frequently stiff. I am fairly active and try to keep a proper posture, especially in the office at work.

When back pain subsides, i have no restrictions on my mobility or any pain at all.

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replied July 10th, 2008
Back Pain Answer A4392
Pain and stiff muscles on the back could be due to a spine deformity or spine osteoarthritis (spondylosis). You may need an X-ray image of the spine to find out if there is a spine deviation (lordosis, kifosis or scoliosis) or spondylotic changes (osteophytes, spondylolistesis, diskopathy…). If an X-ray image assumes disk degenerative changes you may need an MRI to identify the precise disk disorder (bulging disk, herniated disk, disk protrusion, etc.).

You might like to consult an orthopedist about your case and about taking painkillers in the mean time.

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