Lower back pain

Question:

I was in an auto accident, t-boned on the passengers side and slammed into a utility pole on the drivers side. I was the driver. I had lot of burning and prickling pain after the accident. It's been 4 months since the accident and I have lower back pain and I sometimes feel some pain in my right armpit. When I lay on my back with my knees bent I feel some pain in my lower spine. not with my fingers but just from laying on my back. What does this mean. I had a ct scan the night of the accident and it didn't show anything. One month later I had an x-ray taken and it showed that I had a fractured rib (#9 ). I'm thinking I was too swollen the night of the accident for the ct scan to show anything.

Answer:
A CT scan may not have picked up the cause of your current pain. Unfortunately there are a number of potential causes. It's very possible that the lower back and the arm pit region pain are two separate issues. I would recommend seeking help from an orthopedic doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. An MRI might be warranted. In the mean time, you do want to be as active as possible. Utilize ice in the regions of pain to help improve symptoms.

Good Luck.

JTrempe PT, ATC

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