Leg Pain Leg pain (Sciatica) associated with low back pain is called sciatica. 80% of the developed worlds population experiences lower back pain. Less frequently will they experience leg pain which can be highly debilitative. Not all causes may originate from the spine but for the purpose of this description we will focus on those. Lumbar radiculopathy is when you get a compression to the nerves in the lumbar spine which causes pain into the dermatomal extremities.
Dermotome is the area of the body in this case the leg that the nerve innervates. Diagnosing leg and lower back pain involves a detailed examination and history (frequently a CT/MRI will be needed). In 80-85% of cases, sciatica is transient and can be helped with chiropractic and exercise rehabilitation therapy and some co management with anti-inflammatory therapy. A small proportion of patients with sciatica require surgical intervention but these patients are failing to respond to non surgical therapies and are referred swiftly to the appropriate specialists.
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