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A 49-year-old member asked:

Would someone normally have back pains that radiate down the legs?

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Radiculopathy: Back pain that radiates down the leg is known as radiculopathy. Sciatica, for example, is due to pressure on one or several of the nerves exiting the lower spine, usually from disc material or bone growth. In common terms...A pinched nerve.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

I have back pains that radiate down the legs. Is this normal?

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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Neurosurgery 21 years experience
No: Such pain is usually due to nerve irritation or compression. Intermittently this can also be due to hip problems. If you are involved in contact activity (running, heavy work, etc), you would benefit from decreased lifting and contact activity for 4-6 weeks. Please see you physician for a detailed exam and history.

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