lower lumbar clicks and cricks when I turn or carry weight, now sciatica symptoms
I have had cricking and clicking in my lower back for several years. No pain, just that I know it isn't right and I am trying to fix it before it gets worse. I carry a 5 gallon bucket of water and it goes click as I walk. Have had no problem touching hands to toes, very limber and active farm life. I am 60 yr female. Went to several chiropractors; one said it was just like a hinged door the spine wears out and no suggestions. Another said no problem, at least it was limber.
In past year I did have a fall from a horse and landed totally flat and evenly on my back, didnt break anything only sore and was okay in a week or so. Fractured a right rib and that healed alright.
But was puzzled by stiff pelvic and buttock muscles as I usually bend from waist as knees are stiff and have cricked when I bend them since a kid. Chiropractor said sciatica and just pressed on either side of back of knee and opposite side hip as a 1 minute treatment. I said I could do that myself. Didn't realized the back could be causing sciatica which I have only had 3 months or so. Massage of acupressure points in hands and feet help.
Tried your exercises to test for sciatica, no pain, just a little stiff.
I have sat at the computer in the evenings for 10 years for 2 to 4 hours with very poor hunched posture. Am currently doing Egoscue exercises, as the curve seems to have left my lower back so I lay totally flat on back which I had thought was the goal when I was younger and could place two hands under the lumbar curve. Now I read too flat is bad too!
I do carry heavy things like 50 pound sacks of feed, tho not far as I am not a big sturdy person, I weigh about 115, 5'7". I do my own research and take a lot of vitamins, came across your site while looking up B1 for nerve trouble. I like your site and will take more time to read it in detail later, as it has so many possible causes of problems to be considered. But am interested what you would say just from these notes.
Thanks! I wish you could recommend a good chiropractor, I live in a rural area and don't get to or plan to go to big cities. The best ones I have found were very old men, but I moved out of state from one and the other retired.
Hello Mrs Gardenan,
Sciatica is a pain radiating down the leg from a pinched sciatic nerve in the lower back or pelvis. Nothing that you say above sounds like a sciatica, especially if the test you did was the Slump test. That would provoke pain in your leg.
I too don't get too excited about lumbar clicks, or any other joints for that matter, if there is no pain. And until the fall off the horse I gather you had no pain. Up until that point what you describe above sounds pretty normal.
But since the fall off the horse you can no longer bend normally, right? Stiffness in the pelvis and lower back, but still no mention of pain down the distribution of the sciatic nerve.
If there was enough force to break a rib, then there was enough force to do something in your lower back or pelvis to cause that stiffness that prevents you bending. Only a careful and thorough examination will tell exactly where the problem is, and what to do.
The one minute treatment didn't help I gather which doesn't surprise me. Did you also have a one minute examination? For a suspected sciatica at least the reflexes, skin sensation, muscle strength and sciatic stretch tests should have been done.
Those Egoscue exercises are great, just remember that you are not trying to get into the Olympic team! Take it slowly, and listen to your body.
Touching the toes isn't helpful by the way. Rather lie on your back and pull the knees to the chest. Safer.
The only way to find a good chiropractor is word of mouth. Talk to your friends and family, and your family doctor.
And for a bit avoid lifting 50 pounds sacks!
I hope this contributes.