How do I know if my back pain is due to a pinched nerve or something else?

Q. Why did I have shaky legs and back pain when I got out of my car?

Answered by
James F. Geiselman
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 02, 2022 and last reviewed on: Sep 05, 2023

Hello doctor,

I was getting into my car, and I did something to my back. I could walk, but my legs were little shaky. Finally, I could move my left leg up while sitting down, and 10 minutes later, my right leg as well. Is it a pinched nerve or a temporary thing that will go away in a few minutes? Kindly help.



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I read your query and I can understand your concern. You are experiencing back pain. Unfortunately, I am unsure I can answer your question without more information. Do you have any numbness or tingling down your leg? Is your pain localized to one side or both? What pain is it, sharp, dull, or, achy? Are any other symptoms going on? Any issues with bowel or bladder function? All of these are essential questions before fully answering your question. If you were my patient, I would perform a chiropractic examination in the short term. I would most likely recommend chiropractic adjustments and exercises if you were a candidate for care. However, since you are not my patient, I recommend you go to a local chiropractor for treatment and proper care. He or she may want to order an X-ray or other diagnostic test to confirm their diagnosis, but I suspect he or she will recommend a trial of care to see how you respond to care. I hope this helps.

Thank you.

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