I am 30 years old with two children and I have had lower back and right hip pain for many years. In the spring of 2011 I hurt my mid back while carrying and twisting a heavy bin. I had a lot of pain in the mid back and on the right side and then started to get a clicking in the T11 T12 area. Since that time I have had chiropractic, physiotherapy and massage therapy. Massage therapy seemed to help and with continuous exercise I was feeling a bit better but still had the clicking and feeling uncomfortable. It was only a few weeks ago that I went for a MRI and was diagnosed with a moderate central herniation of the L4 L5 disc. I have since started physiotherapy again with spine traction and some stretching. This seems to have made it flare up since I am in more pain than I was prior, but no one seems to know why I have a clicking feeling which is very uncomfortable. It happens when I lean forward and bend to the left. My Dr suggested it could a ligament that is jumping but nothing showed on the MRI. My massage therapist is constantly saying how tight the mussels are in that area especially on the right side. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am feeling frustrated and tired of being in pain. Thank You
Clicking in the spine is not generally considered a problem unless it is associated with pain. Since you have pain associated, the first disorder that comes to mind is instability and the second is facet arthritis. Flexion-extension standing X-rays would be the first test and the second would be an MRI. Most disorders can be diagnosed with those tests and a thorough physical examination. Diagnostic injections may play a role in elucidating the diagnosis.