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Author Topic: Low back and Leg pain  (Read 8354 times)

Nancy

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Low back and Leg pain
« on: January 20, 2008, 05:15:51 AM »
Hi, I have been having back problems for a long time off and on, but the last year it is getting worse, have had therphy didn't help, it is now getting worse, yesterday i took a severe pain in my low back and i couldn't straighten up it also runs right down my leg to my right foot, i have been feeling the pain and pull there for a while, i went to the floor, which was my only option at the time, the ambulance came and took me in that put my on a round of very strong pain killers and didn't check to see if a disk had slipped or any exam. i'm totally at a loss, and the pain is taking over.

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Re: Low back and Leg pain
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2008, 04:05:02 AM »
Nancy, it sounds like a muscle that was already in trouble has now gone into spasm. When a dysfunctional muscle is left to deteoriate i gets weaker and weaker until this sort of thing happens. It is this that cuases the pressure on disc and nerve so the bulge, is a secondary thing that will respond best when you restore the function and balance to the problem muscles.

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Nancy

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Re: Low back and Leg pain
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2008, 04:52:54 PM »
Thanks a lot for the input, I have one question, do you mean certain exercises are the key to getting to the bottom of this problem? I have tried certain stretches the therapist gave me, but i didn't find any relief. I don't seem to see an end to this at this point.

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Re: Low back and Leg pain
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2008, 06:18:31 PM »
Nancy if you read my free ebook you will know that stretching won't help problem or dusfunctional muscles, that is why I developed the self treatment program. It seems all everyone wants to do is give you useless stretches and take your money.

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Re: Low back and Leg pain
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2008, 12:01:14 PM »
Dear Steve,
My name is Esther.  I bought your book&dvd last April.I tried the excercises but somehow find it difficult to diagnose where the pain is originating from.anyway I have a protuding disc between L4&L5 and disc dissication between L5/S1. As a result I have a pain in the lower left back that extends into the left buttock and down the back of the left leg as far as the calf.  I took your advice and searched for a therapist and I went to this Phsiotherapist who treated me.  He told me I had a short right leg which I already knew and that it was the piriformis muscles and hip flexors + other musles that I cannot recall the name of were too tight and as a result putting pressure on the discs on the left hand side and forcing them to bulge(this in turn was coming in contact with the sciatic nerve which is causing the pain to run down the leg). I also have a click in the lower back and I am told this is a tight muscle which is snapping off the joint. He pressed hard with his elbow to loosen the piriformis muscle but told me the treatment was temporary as my muscles would drop back to their original state in a short time.  He told me I should have felt much looser after the treatment but I did not feel much of a difference and the pain down the leg did not go away.  I am not surprised really as the amount of time spent by the physio carrying out treatment is pretty short and he was expensive.  He told me the pain was coming from my legs and my feet in particular so he scanned me and ordered a pair of Orthotics.  He swore by the book that the Orthotics would correct my problem.  While they are more comfortable I cannot feel any improvement and am annoyed now for spending so much on them.  I did not get back to him as of yet.  Steve! What is your take on Ortothics and could you give me furter advice on which muscles to release.  My Phsio told me his work is pointless without Orthotics as the problem is coming from the feet.  Forgive me if I have emailed you on the wrong page/area whatever as I am not to familiar on how to email on the forum.
Looking forward to your reply.
Many thanks,
Esther.
« Last Edit: January 22, 2008, 12:45:00 PM by ester »

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Re: Low back and Leg pain
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2008, 02:44:05 PM »
Hi Ester,
it sounds like he just wanted to sell you some orthotics. The chances they would fix your sciatica is very slim. The ball compression work along the erectors is what you need to be doing and the SLM Yoga and ball work in the hips to try and level your pelvis and legs.

Please post all future Q's like this in the private members area.

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Steve

 

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