Pain predominantly in back of right leg
by Dorothy Stewart
(Lockerbie Scotland )
Normally fully active doing walking and jogging yoga etc aged 77. About two months ago pain in back of right leg below the buttock and struggling to find improvement. No back pain but an X-ray suggested I had a degree of wear and tear !
When I get up in the morning I have no pain for about ten minutes and then it starts to radiate down my right leg and sometimes my left as well. Trying to keep up with yoga but lifting arms above my head and bending backwards gives me pain in my lower back.
Full range of mobility in my hips and no hip joint pain.
I have been using a tens machine for a few days with electrodes on my lower back. This provides pain relief while switched on but pain returns when it’s off.
Have watched your videos with the back pain exercises and will get started on those.
Are you able to pinpoint the likely root of this problem and have you recommendations for ongoing treatment ?
Dorothy Stewart Dear Mrs Stewart,
I'm terribly sorry to have missed this, and I hope it's resolving by now.
The back of the leg points to what is known as the S1 dermatome, it comes from the lowermost disc in your back probably. And normal at your age to have some degree of wear and tear as you say.
The big sign is that you get pain on bending backwards; usually that means that the wear and tear they are talking about concerns at least in part the facet joints. When you extend your spine it closes down the foramen where the nerve emerges.
Does (or did) bending backwards give you just back pain, or did it also go down the leg?
A key test is, sitting on a kitchen chair, does straightening your right knee, making the leg parallel to the ground feel very much tighter, even painful, compared to the leg leg?
Yes, exercises, gently done will most likely help, and hopefully have helped.
This is a condition we treat all the time; if you are still in pain, see one of your local chiropractors.
Again, my sincere apologies for the long delay.