Almost 2 years ago I was playing football with some of my friends, and I made a weird jump where I landed in a wrong way, which resultet in huge pain in my right leg. I thought this was just a little twist, but almost 2 years later, I still got pain there.
I went 7 times to a physiotherapist without results, he said that there was nothing wrong with my leg muscles or the leg movement, which makes me to believe it might be something to do with my back.
Since the accident, I have noticed that if I stand up for quite some time (usually over an hour or so) I get some pain in my lower back, but only on the right side, which also results in stress in my right leg. I thought this might be because I am overweight, but the lower right back pain goes away when I lift up heavy things or do some heavy work. (Including bending down to lift heavy things up). I kinda almost always feel some pain in the right side of the lower back, even when I sleep, but when I for example train and use the muscles, it goes away.
Is there maybe a connection between my leg pain and the back pain?
Addition Information about the leg pain:
The pain in my leg is usually around the back of my knee and gastrocnamius (but using my leg alot for example running etc. doesn't relieve the pain in the leg).
I can push anywhere on my leg without feeling the pain, only local pain from the pushing. Even when I press in on the gastrocnamius, I can't feel the same pain.
I have a hard time stretching my right leg (due to the pain coming), however no problem with my left leg.
The pain isn't constant, only when I try and stretch the right leg and have it in some weird positions.
I can lift up for example 90kg (a person) up without feeling any pain in the leg or back. However when I jumped on a trampoline, and landed on my right leg, the pain came like a shock throught my body.
when you saw the pysiotherapist did he check out the periformis muscle. did he have you stretch that muscle ?
it is near the sciatic nerve and can irritate it.
i would recommend you see a physiatrist. he should be able to determine the cause of the pain......pete
Well he didn't really give me any specific exercises, but he did push down there and stretch it a bit every now and then. I have come across some exercises for that specific area, and will give it a go.
But do you think there is a connection between the lower right back pain and the leg pain?
yes there could very well be a connection. there could be pressure on a spinal nerve causing the sciatica. the only way you will know is to see a spine specialist. try the physiatrist. he may put you through tests. he will also check your reflexes, strength, and skin sensations. after two years you need a diagnosis so you will know how to treat it. right now its a guessing game!!!
in all probability he will prescribe physical therapy based on his diagnosis and then you will get some specific stretches based on your condition...
Here is some extra information, just in case it might give you an extra hint.
Today I had the same pain at work in the lower back, it came after around 1 hours or 2 hours (of just standing) I have noticed though that when I push right above the Sacrum area (I think it's called, almost the lowest point of the spine) it gives a bit of pain relieve. And when I lean forward and grab something infront and do some half pushups it kinda also gives pain relief.
Although when the back pain is a bit bad, I have a hard time bending my right leg forward, but the left leg is fine.
The back pain is little to none when it comes to walking, but standing still is dreadful.
I have a job that requires a lot of standing, and getting in touch with a doctor and getting an appointment with a specialist in this area, will take some time. Until then do you think I should try some pain reliev medication?
even if i was a dr it would be impossible to diagnose over the internet as to what the injury is. as for pushups easing pain if you really tighten your stomach muscles when doing an exercise it can relieve pain by taking stress off the spine. i am always tightening my muscle whenever i get pain. it can really help. the trouble moving your leg is certainly a sign of pressure on the nerves that control the leg. the big ? is where is the pressure? thats why you need a spine specialist who can test your body and run some diagnostic tests.
as for meds i dont see why you couldnt try some advil and/or tylenol. just follow the instructions to the T on the bottles. if you need stronger meds then check with your pc dr.
you should try to get an appointment with either a physiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon who specializes on the spine.
the fact that the half pushups help your pain shows that the proper physical therapy tailored to your specific needs should really help you.
try to get the appointment with the specialist asap....hang in there....pete