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Can back pain lead to leg pain?

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If the cause for back pain is a herniated disk, the leg can become painful over time.
Typically a herniated disk will hurt in the back for a few days to a week. After that time, the pain in the back gets better and the leg starts to hurt.

In brief: Yes

If the cause for back pain is a herniated disk, the leg can become painful over time.
Typically a herniated disk will hurt in the back for a few days to a week. After that time, the pain in the back gets better and the leg starts to hurt.
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Dr. Larry Armstrong
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2 comments
Dr. Thomas Wright
leg pain from the back is called sciatica
Dr. Payam Rafat
I agree. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment.
Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: In several ways

If a nerve is pinched either via disc hernation or simply vertebral dysfunction, leg pain can occur.Even without pinching, poor back mechanics can lead to pelvic & sacral movement problems, leading to muscle imbalance & poor leg muscle function - all of which can lead to marked leg pain.
A good osteopathic hands-on exam & history might help determine an exact cause and treatment.

In brief: In several ways

If a nerve is pinched either via disc hernation or simply vertebral dysfunction, leg pain can occur.Even without pinching, poor back mechanics can lead to pelvic & sacral movement problems, leading to muscle imbalance & poor leg muscle function - all of which can lead to marked leg pain.
A good osteopathic hands-on exam & history might help determine an exact cause and treatment.
Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Dr. Mitchell Cohn
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