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Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 in Blog | 1 comment

Why my back pain shoots down my leg?

It should be noted that there are two types of back pain; Complicated and Uncomplicated back pain.  If you are experiencing lower back pain or neck pain that shoots down the leg, you have complicated back pain. There are no muscles that run from the back to the lower leg so this can not be muscle pain.  There are also no ligaments that run from the back to the leg or the foot.  The only thing that runs from the back to the lower leg and feet are arteries, and the nerves.  Most likely you are having a nerve pain.  Most lower-back pain accompanied with shooting pain is due to disc damage.  When the material from inside the disc come out and puts pressure on the nerve it causes shooting pain down the leg.  In the picture below you can see the disc coming out, this is called disc bulge.  Disc herniation when the outer wall of the disc is broken.

If the damage disc or disc material puts pressure on the nerves, than you will have pain going down the leg as the nerves do.  In the picture below you can see the nervous system; from the brain to the spinal cord to the individual nerves going down the legs and arm.  So a disc putting pressure on the lower back nerves, it can cause pain down the leg.  This is sometimes called Sciatica.

Spinal Decompression Therapy can defiantly help with this condition.  It will allow pulling or slipping the discs back to its place.  This will alleviate the nerve from being impinged by the disc material.  At Simply Align Rehab we have helped many patients with this sciatica condition.  A month ago I had a patient that was very frustrated with his lower back pain.  He came to our office as a last resort.  Paying lots of money of unsuccessful medications and therapies he was ready for a lumbar disc surgery.   I suggested trying out Spinal Decompression treatments first.  To his surprise his back started feeling better in only a few visits.  This patient being a pharmacist himself he had tried may medications.  His wife a physiotherapist has also shown him many exercises with no use.  The only thing that worked for him was the Spinal Decompression Therapy.  His treatments are over now and we wish him best of luck in his pharmacy exams.

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  1. Hi AaronI also have 2 disc prolapses (Im 27) so I usterndand how frustrated and in pain you must feel. I could not get mine to heal properly for years until I had to admit that I was unable to carry on the way I was and I changed my lifestyle dramatically. Although it was difficult at the time, now I am used to it and although I still have some pain and sciatica on bad days, my spine is definately more stable than it was To start I had to stop the gym completely (not easy when your vain!), I did no excercise for about a year and then started swimming for just 20 minutes twice a week. I stopped wearing shoes with thin unsupportive soles like pumps or high heels (not that you wear them Im sure, but perhaps you do wear thin soled trainers?? lol) I moved house so I had to drive less and walked slightly more, this helped. I stopped riding my bike too as this puts you into extension which is bad for discs. I did drift away from some friends as I suddenly wasn’t into the same things as them, but you know what, I have found new ones and at least Im not in so much pain.I don’t know about your lifestyle/occupation, but you need to look at everything and make sure that you are not doing anything which could slow down the healing process. I also see a Chiropractor once a week and I have done for years. this helps alot with the muscle spasms and sciatica which I get from the discs and also for advice. If you do go to a Chiropractor, (which I recommend) make sure that they take x-rays and also give them a copy of your MRI scan on disc to look at, with a copy of the report, so they can see your disc injuries.With regards to the operation I agree, I also do not want one. Even if you do have an operation, you still have to be careful and limit your activities as you have a weakness in that area for ever. I sincerely hope that you sort out these issues with your discs, you are young and can heal and you will, but I think that once a disc injury perhaps always some discomfort in my experience anyway.Eat well, rest, drink water, not tea or coffee and you will set yourself in good stead. Take Glucosamine Sulphate (you can get this in health food stores) as it helps to strengthen your intervertabral discs. At night get a large pillow and sleep with it between your legs, on your side. This will help to keep your spine in better aligment allowing the disc to retract better and rehydrate as you sleep. When you are driving, put a cushion behind your back. Do not lift weights either. During acute phases, take anti-inflammatories, painkillers and wear a sacro-illiac belt.Good luck with everything, I hope you feel better soon.

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