Lower back pain is located from the beltline and 30 cm above and into the buttocks. Sometimes the back pain is accompanied by referred pain to groin and legs.
The lower back has 5 vertebrae. Each bony vertebra has two joints separated by a disc which acts as a spacer and shock absorber for the spine which is supported by ligaments and muscles. A nerve exits at each vertebra level in the spine.
Back pain results when one or a combination of the above structures is injured and inflamed, which can result in a trapped nerve e.g. sciatica.
Leg pain can occur when the disc protrudes and irritates the nerve. Strenuous activity that often includes a combination of bending, twisting, and lifting can cause the inner gel of the disc to bulge on to the nerve.
If the nerve is irritated or trapped, pain, numbness, pins, and needles can be felt in the leg, calf, or foot depending on which nerve is trapped. Sciatica is the most common condition which causes pain down the back and side of the leg, while femoralgia can cause pain down the front of the leg.
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