Low Back And Leg Pain
In the normal spine, the intervertebral disc acts as a cushion between vertebrae. Age, genetics, injury, and everyday wear and tear caused by routine activities can contribute to damage and deterioration of the discs in your back, causing pain that may radiate toward the legs and/or cause weakness and numbness.
What could be causing my low back and leg pain?
Your doctor has probably taken X-rays and an MRI or CT of your low back and may have found degeneration, a herniated disc, spondylolisthesis, or spinal stenosis.
What symptoms could I experience due to degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, or spinal stenosis?
Symptoms of these conditions can include:
- loss of motion and dexterity
- pain in your back or legs
- muscle spasms
- tingling or numbness in the leg or foot
- radiating pain, weakness and/or numbness in your thigh, leg, and foot
What treatment options are available?
These symptoms may be treated with non-surgical methods for as long as possible. These treatments include rest, ice or heat, weight control, exercise, physical therapy, epidural injections for pain management, and medication.
If non-surgical treatments do not bring relief after a period of time, surgical treatment may be recommended to relieve pressure from the nerves that are causing pain by restoring alignment of the spine and/or the space between the vertebrae.
Read more about potential surgical treatments below.
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