I don’t see a lot of lower back problems, as that falls more under spine surgeons than sports medicine. I do have active people come to my office, though, complaining of pain that radiates down their leg. They assume it’s a hip or hamstring issue. If you think, “I have pain down the back of my leg,” watch this video to learn more about what could be going on.

I have pain down the back of my leg. What could it be?

Sciatica is a common problem in active adults. It is irritation or pressure on the sciatic nerve that runs down the back of your hip and thigh. It can often result from pathology in the lumbar spine.

"Doctor, I have pain down the back of my leg!"

You might notice lower back pain or pain in your buttock. It could shoot down the back of your thigh into your leg. It might even reach your foot and toes. You might also experience numbness or tingling. Some patients even describe weakness in their ankle or foot.

If these symptoms sound like what you’re dealing with, watch this video to learn more. Often the problem can resolve with physical therapy, injections, or other treatments.

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