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Possible causes for pain radiating from my buttock down through the front of my thigh and shin?

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Dr. Jason Marchetti answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

You are describing the L4 dermatome. If this is occurring on one side, it is likely from a disc injury affecting the L4 nerve root. If on both sides, may be from acquired spinal stenosis such as from a spondylolisthesis. Iliotibial band syndrome would be another consideration. Most importantly, if there are neurological issues (ie weakness, bladder control probs) then this needs urgent eval.

Answered Jan 15, 2015



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