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Sam Jorgenson
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Boise
Orthopedic Spine
Spine Institute of Idaho
360 E. Montvue Rd
Boise
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73642

I have an aching, electrical feeling down my leg when I stand and walk. What could it be?

You could have symptoms coming from a condition called spinal stenosis. This is a condition in which there is narrowing of the nerve openings either around the spinal cord or nerve roots - usually as a result of deterioration and aging of the spinal column. The leg pain, weakness and/or numbness are caused by the progressive narrowing that puts pressure on the spinal nerves. Your physician will suggest the best of several treatments for spinal stenosis, which include injections, medications and, sometimes, surgery (laminectomy).

I have pain that shoots from my hip down to my foot. My doctor has diagnosed a low back problem even though I don’t have back pain. Is this possible?

Advice from an expert is recommended, but it sounds like you have sciatica. There are many causes of sciatica. Your pain symptoms are from pinched or inflamed nerves that go from the back down the legs - causing pain, burning, and numbness in the leg. This can occur in the absence of any back pain.

I’m pregnant and experiencing back and leg pain. What can be done to help alleviate this discomfort during my pregnancy?

With most women, pregnancy comes with some back pain. The most common cause of back pain in pregnancy is your sacral iliac joint. Your obstetrician should be alerted to your low-back discomfort and may recommend prenatal-safe medication, exercises and support belts. Only in cases of severe neurological impairment is spinal surgery remotely considered. 



 

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