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What does it feel like when your back goes out?

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The feeling is hard to describe: For you, it may be a twinge that causes tenderness and discomfort. Or, the pain might be so intense that it hurts to make even the slightest movement. It can be concentrated in a specific area or spread out. You might feel achiness, numbness and tingling in your butt and legs.

From: My Back Went Out. What Do I Do? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Chiropractic Association: “Back Pain Facts and Statistics.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Back Pain?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Low Back Pain.”

Harvard Medical School: “Bed Rest for Back Pain? A Little Bit Will Do You.”

National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Cryotherapy (Cold Therapy) for Pain Management.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Low Back Pain.”

Cochrane Library: “Motor Control Exercise for Chronic Non-specific Low Back Pain.”

Annals of Internal Medicine : “A comparison of the effects of 2 types of massage and usual care on chronic low back pain: a randomized, controlled trial.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Back Pain.”

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Low Back Strain and Sprain,” “Spinal Infections,” “Spinal Tumors.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 14, 2016

SOURCES: American Chiropractic Association: “Back Pain Facts and Statistics.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What Is Back Pain?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Low Back Pain.”

Harvard Medical School: “Bed Rest for Back Pain? A Little Bit Will Do You.”

National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke: “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Cryotherapy (Cold Therapy) for Pain Management.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Low Back Pain.”

Cochrane Library: “Motor Control Exercise for Chronic Non-specific Low Back Pain.”

Annals of Internal Medicine : “A comparison of the effects of 2 types of massage and usual care on chronic low back pain: a randomized, controlled trial.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “Back Pain.”

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: “Low Back Strain and Sprain,” “Spinal Infections,” “Spinal Tumors.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 14, 2016

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