Back and Neck Injury/Back ache


Dear Dr. Orsnstein,

For some time now,my back is killing me. I don't know what happened, but I might have strained it. It really hurts. Is there anything I can do by myself to relief the pain without using medication? Like maybe doing some exercise?
Thank you in advance!

Sincerely yours,

Thomas Olsthoorn

Hi Thomas,

Sorry for the late reply and I hope you are feeling better.

It is usually a strain of a muscle. If you have no pain in the leg(s), numbness, tingling, it is usually a muscle. However, the disc itself can produce pain and there can be muscle spasm associated with that.

By now, you can use heat - a hot tub or moist hot packs. If it hurts to sit, it might be related to the disc. So, if it is disc related, you can try these exercises/stretches at to see if extending the back helps. If this produces pain, stop and try some of the exercises at and this will give you some options for ones that do not produce pain.

If this does not help or the pain is not better by now, you should get an examination by a doctor.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Steve

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Dr. Steve Ornstein


I can answer questions regarding neck and back pain treatment and general musculoskeletal conditions. Acute, chronic and degenerative conditions using various methods; exercise, rehabilitation, traction. Pain relief methods and professional quality products via website at which can be used at home.


Graduated Chiropractic College in 1987, working in numerous clinics within two states using a variety of manual and physiological therapies. Involved in martial arts for 20 years.

Chiropractor Sherman College, Certified in Physiological Therapeutics from National Chiropractic College, Certified Peer Review Consultant from New York Chiropractic College, Studied with Dr. Cox using Flexion Distraction Technique, Studied with Dr. Leahy using Active Release Technique. Myofascial Release with Dr. Rockwell - Parker Chiropractic College. Certified in Modic Antibiotic Spinal Therapy.

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