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Why does back pain radiate to your limbs?

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Dr. Wayne Cheng
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Refered pain.

Sensation to your limbs is transmitted by nerves from your back.
When there is a pinched nerve in the back, leg may feel numbness, tangling or pain because of this connection. This pain is frequently called sciatica.

In brief: Refered pain.

Sensation to your limbs is transmitted by nerves from your back.
When there is a pinched nerve in the back, leg may feel numbness, tangling or pain because of this connection. This pain is frequently called sciatica.
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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine

In brief: Nerves

Referred pain is a well known entity.
Referred pain is due to nerves much the same is why does a heart attack radiate down your arm. Especially the last 3 lumbar nerves and especially the 1st sacral nerve "go" to your legs/feet. The pain from the back area can be referred down these nerves to make your legs and feet hurt.

In brief: Nerves

Referred pain is a well known entity.
Referred pain is due to nerves much the same is why does a heart attack radiate down your arm. Especially the last 3 lumbar nerves and especially the 1st sacral nerve "go" to your legs/feet. The pain from the back area can be referred down these nerves to make your legs and feet hurt.
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