● Low Back Pain ● Leg Numbness ● Pain from buttock to calf
Do this quick self-test to find out whether it could be due to slipped disc.
Leg raise test or LaSegue test in medical term, is the easiest and commonest stretch test for herniated disc. Lie down flat on the back and gently raise the leg. One without herniated disc will not feel pain when the leg is raised at 70-degree angle; whilst, if pain occurs when the leg is raised at 30 to 70-degree angle, it is considered a sign of lumbar disc herniation. The side of the leg pain is also representing the side of herniated disc. For example, if you feel pain when raising up your left leg, it means that the spinal disc at the left side is herniated.
Next, can you bend your body forward? One without herniated disc will have no issue in bending forward; whereas, if pain occur around the lower back or leg, or numbness on the leg occurs, it may be a sign of lumbar disc herniation as well.
Feeling pain or having difficulties in performing the testes above?
You may consider to have a consultation session with a specialist doctor or get a proper screening done. Seeing a doctor does not necessarily mean have to perform surgery immediately, unless it is already in a very serious condition. Doctors will normally advise conservative treatments or prescribe certain exercises or physiotherapy for the patient. If the problem is mild, some improvement can be observed after attempting exercises or physiotherapy for 6-8 weeks.