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Straight leg raise test positive in. 16 yr old, asymptomatic, doc said tight muscles. what do you think ? no family history of back problems or sciati

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Dr. Christopher Calendine
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Lumbar Pain: Pain produced in the leg and low back between 30-70 degrees of hip flexion is considered positive and can indicate lumbar disc herniation at the L4-S1 nerve roots. Test is more specific if ankle is dorsiflexed and the cervical spine flexed. Also consider lumber muscle strain, tightness of the hamstrings, gluteus maximus, hip capsule or a pathology of the hip or sacroiliac joints.
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