Re: Physical Evaluation For A Herniated Disk
Hi Joseph: The reason doctors do those tests on your legs is that they are checking for nerve damage. Also, the straight leg raise shows that your sciatic nerve is getting affected by your disk problem. (I really hate it when physical therapists do that to my left leg, as I always end up in pain; I tell them my sciatic nerve is affected, but they seem to have to do it any way). Your sciatic nerve runs from your lumbar area down your legs. You know, Joseph, when doctors do these things, just ask them why. I come into my doctor's offices with tons of questions. I always ask them to let me see my xrays and I tell them, this is where I learn so much. The doctors are always willing to answer my questions. The doctors are also checking your leg strength.
I am going for my L4-5 epidural shot this morning, so I probably won't be visiting here for a few days. The shots can wipe me out. The reason for this shot is to take the inflammation down in my lumbar area. The shots work really well for me in my low back. Take care, Joseph, PatG