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Q: Can back problems cause pain in my legs or hips?

Posted February 26, 2014 in Advice Column, Boone

A: Some people may not realize the pain in their legs or hips is actually from their backs. Sometimes a treatment on either a muscle group or a compressed nerve in someone’s back can help treat the cause of a person’s pain. Often the symptom is a sign of another root problem. Causes of pain can be generated by poor posture, inflamed muscles, scar tissue or compressed discs. It’s important to note that a comprehensive exam must be made to determine the cause of pain and the treatment necessary to resolve it. Sometimes injections are necessary, to provide the ability for a patient to work on physical therapy and to participate in doing activities necessary to maximize functionality.

As a member of the Boone Community, we are here to serve you five days a week. Visit or call 515-212-2420 for any questions on services we provide. Initial consultation includes a full assessment and focus on customized education on your symptoms and treatment of the underlying cause, all at Boone County Hospital, usually within one business day of a referral from your primary care provider. There are no upfront costs and most insurance plans are accepted.

Information provided by Chris Hanson, Mid Iowa Anesthesia, 515-212-2420,

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