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Why do I always have an ache in my lower back and down my leg on one side?

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Dr. Vic Kalman
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In brief: Could be referred

Low back pain with radiation down one side of the leg could be due to a pinched nerve.
If you injured your back, strained muscles of the back and hip can irritate a nerve or cause a herniated disc which pinches the nerve. Fortunately this can be resolved non-operatively in most cases. Moist heat, light stretching and over the counter anti-inflammatory medications may help. Persists? See you doctor.

In brief: Could be referred

Low back pain with radiation down one side of the leg could be due to a pinched nerve.
If you injured your back, strained muscles of the back and hip can irritate a nerve or cause a herniated disc which pinches the nerve. Fortunately this can be resolved non-operatively in most cases. Moist heat, light stretching and over the counter anti-inflammatory medications may help. Persists? See you doctor.
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