There are many reasons for leg and back pain. Your spine is made up of more than 30 bones, called vertebrae. Your vertebrae are held together by ligaments, muscles, and “shock absorbing” discs. A problem in any part of your spine can cause pain, but lumbar problems typically also create radiating pain in the legs and buttocks. For some, leg and back pain goes away on its own within a few weeks and can get better with rest, medication, or physical therapy. However, for others, there may be a more serious problem. Regardless of the type of leg and back pain you may be experiencing, it is important that you see your doctor to properly identify the cause.
Below we describe the symptoms and treatment options for a type of leg and back pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis. This content is for educational purposes only and does not replace having a conversation with your doctor.