To properly answer and diagnose what is causing your pain, any health care practitioner would need a little more information. Such as;
- do you have back pain accompanying the leg pain?
- how did the leg pain start? With a traumatic event I.e.twist or fall, gradually with increased exercise?
- is the pain down the back, side or front of thigh?
- what aggravates the pain? Movements of leg, hip or back? Neck movements? Cough or sneeze? pain all the time?
- quality of pain? Sharp, dull, electricity?
These are just a few questions I would like to know before diagnosing your condition.
If I had to take a guess based upon the info you have provided me, I would say it could be one of two things.
1) piriformis syndrome with a entrapment of the sciatic nerve
Or 2) a lumbar disc herniation with spinal nerve pain .
If you do not have any history of back pain or injury, the first condition would be more than likely.
Piriformis syndrome appears to occur due to repetitive overloading of the hip musculature of the gluteal region. As the sciatic nerve passes closely across and/or through the piriformis muscle, the nerve can commonly become entrapped or squashed, which either directly irritates or starves the nerve of oxygen, particularly during exercise and exertion of these muscles.
If this is the case I would suggest seeing your health care professional about advice on stretching and how to manage this condition. Have them assess your lower limb function to identify any flaws in your movements and stability. You may also benefit from a course of physical therapy.
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