Thursday, April 8, 2010

Low Back Pain& Radiating Leg Pain- Back pain specialist helps to differentiate-Back pain treatment NYC

Low Back pain & Radiating Leg pain
NYC Back pain specialist-Dr Steven Shoshany

It is necessary to differtiate between pain in the lower back and pain, which radiates down the leg. It is common for the layperson to combine them into one category but to a physcian or surgeon,they represent different pathologies.
Lower back pain is not due to the pressure on a nerve root, as lower extremity pain is. Most low back pain is muscular or mechanical in nature, caused by overexertion, overuse, strain or sprain of the ligaments and tendons of the low back.
It may also be attributed to degeneration of the disck space and facet joints, which hold the spine together. It may also be caused by arthritis or stenosis or referred symptoms from organ involvement (bladder,gallblaffer, kidney, prostate One must also rule out organic causes as any form of cancer.

Lower extremity (leg) pain is often seen to radiate, termed "radicular pain". This refers to pain which shoots down the leg, from the low back or buttock. It usually results from pressure on a nerve, which produces a "pinching" of the nerve, which appears to radiate down the leg in the distrubution of the nerve pattern. Visit leg pain nyc for a excellent chart on nerve distribution.
When the "pinching" of the nerve is mild, one may experience numbness or tingling. As it progresses and becomes more severe, pain may develop. Further progression may present actual damage to the nerve and weakness may also result.
Each nerve in the lumbar spine has a specfic pathway. the nerves also carry threee distinct characteristic properties. They carry all threee of these properties to specific parts of the leg and foot.

1 One characteristic is known as sensory distribution property. What this means is that a nerve will supply the sensory (sensation) property to a certain part of the leg. for example the S1 nerve root, which is the first sacral root, supplies sensation to the lateral aspect of the foot (little toe).

2 One characteristic is known as the motor function property. What this means is that each nerve also supplies a characterisitc muscle.The S1 root supplies the calf muscles (gastrocnemius), which allows each of us to stand on our toes.

3 One characterisitic is known as the reflex pattern propert. Several of the nerves in the lumbar spine have a reflex associated with them. The S1 root has the Achilles reflex, which is elicted by tapping on the tendon of the heel.

Leg pain brought on by walking:

Neurogenic claudication refers to pain in the lower extremities brought upon by wallking. This is often caused by pressure upon the spinal nerves within the spinal canal, usually the result of the disc bulging into the nerves when standing.

Vascular or intermittent claudication is a type of pain, which must be distinguished from the lefg. and lower extremity pain from above. Vascular claudication is due to insufficient blood supply to the legs (arterial insufficiency), and is also brought upon by walking. the difference between the two is that merely standing (without walking) can cause neurogenic claudication but vascular claudication can only be brought on by walking.

Spinal decompression is truly the most effective procedure for severe and chronic cases of bulging, herniated discs, degeneration, arthritis, stenosis and pressure on nerves.

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