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What causes pain in butt that radiates down both legs?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Several things

Including a disc herniation.
There are other possibilities. Peripheral vascular disease & spinal stenosis both can cause pain into a leg mimicking sciatic pain as can other issues like hip & knee arthritis. Other causes of nerve compression in the spine due to a tumor, infection or fracture can cause this pain. Pyriformis syndrome can also cause radiating leg pain as can sacroiliac joint issues.

In brief: Several things

Including a disc herniation.
There are other possibilities. Peripheral vascular disease & spinal stenosis both can cause pain into a leg mimicking sciatic pain as can other issues like hip & knee arthritis. Other causes of nerve compression in the spine due to a tumor, infection or fracture can cause this pain. Pyriformis syndrome can also cause radiating leg pain as can sacroiliac joint issues.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: A pinched nerve

The most common reason for back pain that shoots down the leg is a pinched nerve which may be due to: 1.
A herniated disc 2. Spinal stenosis 3. A slipped vertebra (spondylolisthesis) 4. Other reasons (tumor, infection, etc.) seek medical attention if there is progressive worsening of pain, numbness, weakness, tingling, or bowel/bladder issues.

In brief: A pinched nerve

The most common reason for back pain that shoots down the leg is a pinched nerve which may be due to: 1.
A herniated disc 2. Spinal stenosis 3. A slipped vertebra (spondylolisthesis) 4. Other reasons (tumor, infection, etc.) seek medical attention if there is progressive worsening of pain, numbness, weakness, tingling, or bowel/bladder issues.
Dr. Chintan Sampat
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