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A 51-year-old male asked:

Extreme pain in lower back. radiates down left leg. er visit xray shows no bone problem. pain medication works little if any. difficulty walking.

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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Pain Management 35 years experience
A few possibilities: None of these show up on X-ray: disc or ligament injury, pinched nerve due to disc or vertebral dysfunction, nerve inflammation, muscle spasm, or several other causes of sciatica-type pain in the back & leg.A good history & phys. incl osteopathic hands-on exam may provide some answers.Manipulation can solve several of these causes.MRI may be needed if reflexes/strength are diminished.

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Last updated Apr 8, 2019

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