And...there may or may NOT be any low back pain. Yes...you can have a herniated disc in the low back and not have any back pain...strange...but true.
This is why it is very important to have your low back examined if you are experiencing leg pain, numbness, or weakness. A good chiropractor is probably your best bet.
Chiropractors can treat subluxations, disc bulges, pinched nerves, and often times disc herniations.
Some chiropractic centers, such as ours... Executive Express Chiropractic in downtown San Francisco, offer nonsurgical spinal decompression for patients with herniated lumbar discs. The machine we use is the DRX9000.
The reason we have a DRX9000 is because there are some patients that do not respond to chiropractic. And after all...not everyone wants or needs back surgery.
Anyway...first things first...Lets find out what the problem is, and go from there. Chiropractic is a great first stop.
I am having hip and leg pain with some tingling in the legs. My gait has changed to some extent especially when I first get up from a sitting position and begin to walk. After several steps, I am able to walk at a normal gait. When I am in bed, I prefer to lay on my side (either) ---I can lay in that position for several minutes, very comfortable, then slowly pain begins to radiate in my hip and down my leg. It happens on either side that I choose to lay on. Can you please tell me your thoughts. Thank you----------Janice
Hi Janice, I would have this checked out by a spine doctor. It could be many things, including spinal stenosis, disc herniation, disc degeneration, etc. The fact that the pain is radiating means it has probably been there for a while. But in reality, the only thing I can do is speculate as symptoms vary person to person. A chiropractor, physical therapist, or orthopedic doctor would be a good place to start. I would not ignore this.