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Why does my lower back hurt when bending slightly over? It also extends to my legs, at times; but that is not as severe as the back pain.

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Dr. Christopher Michelsen
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree

In brief: There are many cause

There are many causes, the most likely is a herniated disc.
If the pain continues and interrupts your activities, you should consult a spinal specialist.

In brief: There are many cause

There are many causes, the most likely is a herniated disc.
If the pain continues and interrupts your activities, you should consult a spinal specialist.
Dr. Christopher Michelsen
Dr. Christopher Michelsen
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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Conditioning

The pain you described may be related to some early degenerative changes of a disc or facet joints.
A good back conditioning program is usually recommended. If the pain worsens, then an evaluation with a specialist to understand the pain is warranted. If the leg pain worsens, it may indicate a progression of the disc to a herniation.

In brief: Conditioning

The pain you described may be related to some early degenerative changes of a disc or facet joints.
A good back conditioning program is usually recommended. If the pain worsens, then an evaluation with a specialist to understand the pain is warranted. If the leg pain worsens, it may indicate a progression of the disc to a herniation.
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
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Dr. David Bozak
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Could be a disc...

It could just be a muscle strain, but the radiation into the legs suggests a possible nerve irritation that could be from a herniated disc in your low back.
Bending forward can make disc herniations worse, so if that is making your pain worse try and avoid it and get evaluated by your doctor.

In brief: Could be a disc...

It could just be a muscle strain, but the radiation into the legs suggests a possible nerve irritation that could be from a herniated disc in your low back.
Bending forward can make disc herniations worse, so if that is making your pain worse try and avoid it and get evaluated by your doctor.
Dr. David Bozak
Dr. David Bozak
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Dr. Mark Cullen
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: See a physician

Severe back pain with radiating symptoms down the legs could be indicative of neuropathic problems of the spine.
An MRI may be used to futher diagnose your problem. See a physician as soon as possible.

In brief: See a physician

Severe back pain with radiating symptoms down the legs could be indicative of neuropathic problems of the spine.
An MRI may be used to futher diagnose your problem. See a physician as soon as possible.
Dr. Mark Cullen
Dr. Mark Cullen
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