Q. I have back pain that radiates to my right leg, hip, knee, and foot. Please suggest some exercise.

Answered by
Mohammed Wajid
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 24, 2020 and last reviewed on: Mar 27, 2021

Hello doctor,

I have back pain that earlier moves to my right leg through the hip, knee, and to the downside of the foot. During the last year, it had started in the left leg also. Though left side pain does not move to the foot at the hip, it pinches like a needle while driving. During the lockdown, due to excessive use of mobile and sitting, pain and stiffness have started in my neck that moves from the neck's left backside to head sometimes. Though I have begun some yogasanams with the help of the internet but have no relief instead, it is increasing, I think. Earlier I had taken physiotherapy for one month, but all in vain. Kindly help me and suggest me some exercise or Yogasanams, if possible online.



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I got your point and understand how you feel when it pains.

As per MRI reports you mentioned, it is an LBA (low backache) that radiated to the leg and now shifting to the left lower body. And about your cervical problem, maybe there is nerve compression, and neck pain radiates to the shoulder. If ignored, it will pass through arms. So I suggest you some best and pain-relieving exercise and please follow it if you want to reduce and stable the pain. Actually, you need IFT and ultrasound therapy for two weeks with immediate effect. Still, you may not be available due to lockdown, but at home, you can try the following, which is also very effective in reducing the pain.

Apply Diclofenac ointment in the pain area, mainly at the lower back, neck, shoulder, and knees, and cover it for 10 to 15 minutes with a cloth. Then clean it with warm water following hot water fermentation. Repeat this twice a day, and if the pain is severe, you can take Zerodol-P (Aceclofenac and Paracetamol) tablets once a day.

Exercises to be done are as follows:

1. Lower tummy strengthening. It is important to strengthen your lower tummy muscles because these muscles work in partnership with the lower back.

2. Deep abdominal strengthening.

3. Bridge.

4. Pelvic tilts.

5. Lowe back stretch

6. Leg stretch.

7. Piriformis stretch.

These exercises need to be done daily, once for the first week. Each exercise 10 times and two sets of each and for cervical do the following.

1. Neck stretch.

2. Neck tilt.

3. Neck turn.

4. Head rotation.

These exercises will help in reducing cervical pain and strengthen muscles.

Please do not over pressure while doing it as it may increase the pain. So do all the exercise gently and in a proper posture. If you can get an MRI report, it will be very helpful to study further about the condition as your pain history is long, so it takes easily 3 to 4 months to complete the treatment. I hope you will follow the treatment plan as advised and follow-up after four days.

Take care.

Thank you.

The Probable causes:

Stress, improper posture.

Investigations to be done:

MRI LS (lumbar spine).

Differential diagnosis:

Cervical pain.

Probable diagnosis:

Disc bulge.

Treatment plan:

Exercise and medicines ( Zerodol, Diclofenac).

Preventive measures:

No forward bending, no heavy object lifting.

Regarding follow up:

After four days.

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