A few months ago, I developed intermittent shooting pain in my lower back and down my right leg. It comes and goes, and is especially bad now because I spend most of my time seated (work, school).
I went to a chiropractor, but that only helped temporarily. A guy at the gym mentioned something about IT band stretches. The stretches definitely stretched whatever is aching, but helps for 3 or 4 minutes at most.
Do you guys (who have felt this) think I should try getting a massage? What about foam roller work? Any suggestions you can offer would be great, it’s really annoying that it hurts all day long![/quote]
I work closely with therapist’s and MD’s and the most prudent thing to do would be get an MRI performed. It would be helpful to know how you injured the area??? (i.e., squatting, deadlifting, or just woke up one day with the pain???)
Ruptured discs are fairly excruciating but contrary to popular belief surgery is not always the answer or necessary.
Step #1 is to lay off the offending actvities. (I know unrealistic for the athlete.)
step #2 ice ice ice…espescially after working out or when inflamed. Heat is okay, but when pain is in the 10 zone ice it.
step#3 An analgesic of some type (ibuprofen or aleve.) I think aleve is best. make sure you take this for at least a week regularly. The big mistake most make is taking it irregularly (It’s got to get into the blood and saturate the tissues to work 100%.)
#4 gentle massage should be fine (NO DEEP TISSUE WORK.)Accupressure is good.
Passive hamstring stretching and periformis stretching done gently and within limits done by another person while you lie on back on floor or bed really helps.
#5 when/if able gentle ab crunches (not to intense though.)
Ruling out a herniated disc it’s most likely you have some type of pinched nerve causing the pain and parasthesia down leg.
Best to get the MRI (with contrast if you can convince the MD.) Good luck.