I suffer from lower back and spinal pain. How can I recover from them?

Q. What is the best way to reduce lower back pain?

Answered by
Dr. A. K. Gokulvani
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 25, 2022 and last reviewed on: Jun 20, 2023

Hi doctor,

I have been practicing yoga intensely for about three months. But in the past few weeks, I have had lower back pain, particularly in the spinal region, which increases while practicing kapotasana and back bending. Massaging that particular region has increased the pain a bit, and now it seems that particular veins are causing pain. Can you help me recover from my back pain so I can continue my back-bending practice?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

It would be best if you always practiced yoga slowly and consciously with breathing. If not, you will end up with a muscle sprain. Before starting an intense practice, always do loosening exercises and stretching before practicing asanas. It would help if you did not take a massage in the swollen area, irrespective of the place. It will aggravate.

The Probable causes:

Practicing asanas without proper guidance and preparatory methods.

Investigations to be done:

As for now no need for any investigation. Go with the treatment protocol. If the pain does not subside, take a spinal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

Differential diagnosis:

Lumbar spondylosis.

Probable diagnosis:

Paraspinal muscle sprain.

Treatment plan:

You should not practice yoga when you are in pain and should not receive massages. Apply an ice bag to the swollen area. If you do not have any swelling, use the hot bag. I can recommend an ultrasound if you have access to physiotherapy (consult with a physiotherapist).

Preventive measures:

Do not lift heavy weights and avoid massaging.

Regarding follow up:

Do this for seven days, and you will observe the changes. Follow-up after that.

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