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02-09-2010, 07:42 PM
i already know the lower back pain i'm feeling is my sciatic nerve but i'm also feeling pain/pulling running down the side of my leg. from short research it looks like it's my iliotibial band. I'm only 24, so I don't understand why this is happening considering I feel I do pretty decent stretching before I play. Any insight would be great!

02-09-2010, 08:21 PM
It is part of sciatica. Sciatica can give you pain anywhere from your lower back all the way down to your ankle.

I had sciatica for 2 years. Find a physio or chiropractor who practices ART (active release technique). I had great results from the very first visit.

02-09-2010, 08:42 PM
I find i get that sort of leg pain which occurs whenever i get lower back pain, i assume its nerve related

02-10-2010, 12:23 AM
yes, it is Sciatica . leg extension and working out ur abducters can help.

02-10-2010, 05:45 AM
Sciatica is the term given to pain anywhere along the distribution of the sciatic nerve.
But the sciatic nerve is composed of nerve fibers that exit the lower back between the individual lowest lumbar vertebrae (individual back bones), and the exiting holes in the sacrum (lowest, and triangular shaped bone in the back). From its origin from the back, the sciatic nerve travels adross the buttock and down the back of the leg.
http://www.chirogeek.com/Sciatica_Real_PAcut-away.jpg http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.chirogeek.com/Sciatica_Real_PAcut-away.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.chirogeek.com/000_Sciatica_General_Infor.htm&usg=__vi5s146IHGbU9yMKYEgsxUpWuO0=&h=392&w=301&sz=69&hl=en&start=1&itbs=1&tbnid=f-KVJSMBatSiEM:&tbnh=123&tbnw=94&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsciatic%2Bnerve%2Borigin%26gbv%3D2%26 hl%3Den%26sa%3DG
The nerve roots exiting the back can get compressed at any of the narrow openings between the vertebra or narrow openings in the sacrum. The precise nerve root that is compressed will determine where in the leg the pain, numbness, or tingling will occurr along the leg. Below is an illustration of where the nerve root symptoms can occur if the nerve root affected is the one that exits from the small space between the bottom of the fifth (last) lumbar vertebra and the top of the sacrum (the S1 nerve root):
http://www.chiropractic-help.com/images/S1-changed.jpg http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.chiropractic-help.com/images/S1-changed.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.chiropractic-help.com/Tingling-in-Feet-and-Legs.html&usg=__lhoLavlzBGt1BZF1eV1dpVpBgB8=&h=397&w=268&sz=24&hl=en&start=58&itbs=1&tbnid=slKzVnYetXnDYM:&tbnh=124&tbnw=84&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dleg%2Bdermatomes%26tbnid%3D4-Go6HJw6pHS6M:%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D18%26hl%3Den%26sa %3DN%26start%3D54%26tbnh%3D0%26tbnw%3D0
Notice that the precise location of the S1 nerve root impingement can occur at different areas on the leg.
And since the sciatic nerve is composed of nerve roots from the L4, L5, S1, S2, and S3 levels, there are other areas on the leg that can have symptoms from a pinched nerve at the back level.

02-10-2010, 06:02 AM
The ileotibial band runs here along the outside of the leg: http://www.thefinalsprint.com/images/2007/01/iliotibial-band.jpg http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.thefinalsprint.com/images/2007/01/iliotibial-band.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.thefinalsprint.com/2007/01/iliotibial-band-syndrome/&usg=__hsfEpP5m1G1WyMgDVtLkbShJfBw=&h=345&w=200&sz=11&hl=en&start=27&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=WfwUbuijmxM_IM:&tbnh=120&tbnw=70&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dileotibial%2Bband%26ndsp%3D18%26hl%3D en%26rlz%3D1W1GFRD_en%26sa%3DN%26start%3D18%26um%3 D1

The symptoms with ileotibial band syndrome manifest here:
http://www.emedx.com/emedx/diagnosis_information/diagnosis_information_image_files/knee_images/iliotibial_band_surface_anatomy.JPG http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.emedx.com/emedx/diagnosis_information/diagnosis_information_image_files/knee_images/iliotibial_band_surface_anatomy.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.emedx.com/emedx/diagnosis_information/knee_disorders/iliotibial_band_surface_anatomy.htm&usg=__m1brkG0D4rtpTqT0KueNL4BW_as=&h=463&w=296&sz=21&hl=en&start=4&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=PlVolYt_My3vkM:&tbnh=128&tbnw=82&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dileotibial%2Bband%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1 W1GFRD_en%26sa%3DG%26um%3D1

Comparing the sites of manifestation of the ileotibial band syndrome with the above pictures of the area of manifestation of sciatica, it is easy to see why someone could be confused as to which was bothering them.

Although there are symptom differnences to help distinguish between the two, and it sounds like you have already been doing your research, to get an accurate diagnosis you have to be examined medically for the physical exam findings that will distinguish the two. And then you also will be getting direct instructions on how to get better.

Good luck, and I hope you recover quickly.

02-10-2010, 07:28 AM
It is part of sciatica. Sciatica can give you pain anywhere from your lower back all the way down to your ankle.

I had sciatica for 2 years. Find a physio or chiropractor who practices ART (active release technique). I had great results from the very first visit.

What he said.

02-10-2010, 01:24 PM
this is all great info thanks! Are chiropractors usually covered in employer benefits packages?

02-10-2010, 03:24 PM
Both my blue cross and united healthcare covered it. But you have to find out whether your health insurance covers it.

02-10-2010, 03:53 PM
i have UHC also. Wonder if my physician needs to recommend it for it to be covered?

02-10-2010, 04:28 PM
Why don't you call your primary care doctor's office and see if he'll examine you to determine who is the best person to see you. If it's sciatica, you may need an MRI to see why there is compression on the nerve root (eg. is it a ruptured disc, spinal stenosis, or something else?). And if it is one of those things, a chiropracter isn't the best person to be seeing first.

02-10-2010, 07:17 PM
good advice. I will definitely call.