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What causes pain in lower back and down back of legs?

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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Pinched nerves

Decreased space for the nerves in the low back can results in low back pain that radiates into the lower extremities.
This can be due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or a variety of other reasons (including hip arthritis, poor circulation, etc.).

In brief: Pinched nerves

Decreased space for the nerves in the low back can results in low back pain that radiates into the lower extremities.
This can be due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or a variety of other reasons (including hip arthritis, poor circulation, etc.).
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

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
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