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Suggest remedy for lower back pain on left side

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Posted on Thu, 19 May 2016
Question: I have been having lower back pain on the left side more towards the middle of my butt check. But a little higher
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Sciatica

Detailed Answer:
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I am sorry to hear that you are having problems with your back. The area you are indicating is the piriformis muscle in the buttocks. This is a muscle that frequently goes into spasms and can cause pain down the leg. This is called sciatica. The best treatment is a muscle relaxant along with massage or physical therapy to reduce the spasms. I recommend that you see your medical provider to see if you can get some muscle relaxants usually robaxin or flexeril. Then you can either get physical therapy through your insurance or a licensed massage therapist to help reduce the spasms

In summary
1. Piriformis muscle spasms or sciatica
2. Continue OTC pain medication
3. Licensed massage therapy
4. Medical provider for muscle relaxant
5. Physical therapy

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Suggest remedy for lower back pain on left side

Brief Answer: Sciatica Detailed Answer: Thank you for contacting HCM with your health care concerns I am sorry to hear that you are having problems with your back. The area you are indicating is the piriformis muscle in the buttocks. This is a muscle that frequently goes into spasms and can cause pain down the leg. This is called sciatica. The best treatment is a muscle relaxant along with massage or physical therapy to reduce the spasms. I recommend that you see your medical provider to see if you can get some muscle relaxants usually robaxin or flexeril. Then you can either get physical therapy through your insurance or a licensed massage therapist to help reduce the spasms In summary 1. Piriformis muscle spasms or sciatica 2. Continue OTC pain medication 3. Licensed massage therapy 4. Medical provider for muscle relaxant 5. Physical therapy I hope I answered your question. Please contact us again if you have any additional questions