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What are the pain differences between lower back muscle pain an herniated disc pain?

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Dr. Jason Rudolph
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Disc pain= leg pain

Usually low back muscle pain stays localized to the lower back, occasionally it can radiate up your spine.
Pain from a herniated disc can cause not only low back pain, but more importantly leg pain. Your nerves are like electrical cords, when you put pressure on a nerve near your spine (like a herniated disc) you can cause pain along the entire length of the nerve; down your leg.

In brief: Disc pain= leg pain

Usually low back muscle pain stays localized to the lower back, occasionally it can radiate up your spine.
Pain from a herniated disc can cause not only low back pain, but more importantly leg pain. Your nerves are like electrical cords, when you put pressure on a nerve near your spine (like a herniated disc) you can cause pain along the entire length of the nerve; down your leg.
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Dr. Michael Patney
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Radiation

Herniated discs usually cause radiating pain along the nerve pattern of the nerve they compress and often don't cause back pain.
Back pain is usually representative of a structural problem at the sight of the pain either in the bone, joints, muscles or connective tissue.

In brief: Radiation

Herniated discs usually cause radiating pain along the nerve pattern of the nerve they compress and often don't cause back pain.
Back pain is usually representative of a structural problem at the sight of the pain either in the bone, joints, muscles or connective tissue.
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