Acute Back and Leg Pain

Acute Back and Leg Pain has been going on for a short period of time.

Read more about causes of Acute Back and Leg Pain below.

Muscle Strain


Have you ever "thrown your back out?" This is most likely a muscle strain.

Up to 80% of people will experience an episode of back pain in their lifetimes.

A brief period of rest and gradual return to activities is recommended.

Physical therapy can help prevent injuries in the future.





Spinal Fractures most commonly occur from falls.

A Vertebral Compression Fracture means one of your spinal bones collapses.

These fractures are associated with weakened bone, called osteoporosis.

Most can be treated effectively in a back brace, or with a procedure called kyphoplasty.



Herniated Disc


Intervertebral Discs are located between the bones of your spine.

Discs are the shock absorbers of the spine.

Pressure on the disc, often from bending, twisting or heavy lifting, can cause part of the disc to bulge out

The bulged, or herniated, disc pushes against a nerve and causes pain.

Pain often shoots down the leg, called "sciatica."

Treatment includes observation, anti-inflammatory medications, injections or surgical removal.



Sacroiliac Joint Pain


The sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, is where the spine meets the pelvis.

Abnormal movement or inflammation of this joint can cause pain.

SI joint pain can be acute or chronic.

Pain is in the lower back and buttocks region, and sometimes shoots down the leg.

Treatment includes physical therapy, injections, and SI joint fusion.





An infection in the spine is a rare but very serious problem.

Infection often spreads from other locations in the body.

Patients with weakened immune systems are at higher risk.

If you experience back pain, unintentional weight loss, fevers and chills, seek medical attention.


Nicholas Schroeder, MD

Dr. Nicholas Schroeder is a orthopedic surgeon who is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of spine conditions. Call today for an appointment with Dr. Schroeder.

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