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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What can be causing lower back pain and aching legs

    For years I have had extreme lower back pain and aching legs that spasm. Whether I'm laying in bed walking or sitting, my legs hurt so much, especially at the front of my thighs.

    I have to shake them constantly to try stop the spasms. It doesn't work.

    I have tried everything from natural remedies to massage, multi vitamins, etc and nothing works.

    My family has history of rheumatic arthritis or could this be from having six children and its nerve damage. I cry all the time, the pain is too much. Please help, thank you Amanda.
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    Dr Ryan Hislop


    Dr Ryan Hislop, Chiropractor is situated in Mudgee with the team from Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. He has a special interest in sports chiropractic … View Profile

    Dear Amanda,

    I am sorry to hear of your situation. Unfortunately this is something that is more common than most people think. It is estimated that 80% of Australians will experience back pain at one stange in their life. Luckily, most people do recover. 

    The current guidelines for managing back pain moves through 3 phases.

    Phase 1: Simple analgesics (such as paracetamol)
    Phase 2: Complex medications, chiropractic treatment/spinal manipulative therapy, heat wraps, exercise, psychological intervention
    Phase 3: Multidisciplinary pain clinic

    Some do's and don't. Keeping moving is very important. Staying in bed for days on end will unfortunately lead to it taking longer to get better.

    By the sounds of your symptoms, you do have a serious issue. I would recommend seeking help from your local chiropractor to assess your spine. They are the experts in spinal health and if they can't help, they will be able to give you a diagnosis and refer you to the appropriate specialist. 

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    Sandra McFaul


    Do you suffer from chronic lower back pain or neck pain? Based in SYDNEY, Sandra is 1 of ONLY 15 Physiotherapists in Australia with ADVANCED … View Profile

    Hi Amanda,
    The best thing I would recommend is to have a McKenzie Method assessment of your back.  It is important to work out the source of your probelm.  ie is it coming from your lumbar spine.  A trained McKenzie physio would be able to work that out within a few sesions. 

    The important thing with any problem, is to work out the source or causes of the problem, othewise you are just stabbing at things in the dark. 

    GOOGLE Mckenzie Method.
    Hope this helps….

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