How to tell if your leg or sciatic pain is actually coming from your low back!

How to tell if your leg or sciatic pain is actually coming from your low back!


Here at Lake Effect Chiropractic, in Bay City, we specialize in helping our patients find out what is causing lower back pain so that we can help them correct this issue, allowing our patients to feel much better again.

Chronic back pain is one of the biggest problems Americans face today and affects eight out of ten people at some point in their lives. Even though back pain is common, the level of severity varies. A variety of different conditions are responsible for discomfort in different regions of your back. These include sprained ligaments, strained muscles, trigger points, arthritis, ruptured discs, inflamed joints, sport injuries, and many more. We will locate the source and do everything we can to ease the uncomfortable pain you may be experiencing.

Back pain can hurt every day, making normal activities hard and even unbearable. This is where we come in. We believe that you deserve to be pain free. We want to get to the root of what is actually happening.

Back pain comes in many forms. You may experience muscle spasms, cramping, stiffness, sensitivity to touch or pressure, and even pain that gets worse. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it will ever go away. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is time to contact us.

There are different treatment options for back pain which vary person to person. At your first appointment, we will do a full evaluation so that we can give you a full diagnosis. Then we will discuss your options so we can make sure that you can be healthier and pain-free!

If you are experiencing pain in your back, don’t put off feeling better any longer. Contact us today at (989) 686-6808. You will be so happy you did!

Do you have pain that is traveling down into your leg? MOST of the time that pain is coming from your lower back, but let’s take a look see! We sit a ton as a society. We bend forward on average 4000 times a day. In doing so, we put a repetitive and constant stretch on all of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This mechanism of “stretch” is what commonly causes mechanical joint pain. If you are a typical patient (80%) your pain gets worse when the majority of time you are bending forward, and especially if sitting for long periods of time such as driving or working at a desk.

Let’s try this exercise to test if your leg pain is coming from your back.

1. Begin lying face down then place your hands under your shoulders in the push-up position.
2. As you straighten your elbows, push the top half of your body up as far as pain permits.

a. It is important that you completely relax you’re the pelvis, hips and legs as you do this (don’t clench your glutes together).

b. Maintain this position for a second of two, then lower yourself down to the starting position.

3. Repeat this movement cycle and try to raise your upper body a little higher each time, so that your back is extended (arched) as much as possible.
4. Perform 10 reps


The goal of this exercise is to take the pain traveling down into your leg (peripheralization)
and help it to move up your leg (centralization), towards the center of your back.
**If the pain starts traveling down your leg further STOP and contact a medical provider**

If the pain moves up the leg (for example was in the calf, but now it’s only mid-thigh, or the intensity decreased)
then the pain is definitely coming from your low back!

If you want to learn more about The McKenzie Method® click HERE or Here for a video!