Where should I start?

Patient : When I'm standing, I'm "ok", but when I even try to sit down, I have a horrible pain in the middle of my lower back and it shoots to various places in my right leg. I know I need a doctor, but I don't know where to start. Should I start with the family doctor, chiropractor or a specialized doctor?
Symptoms:  Lower back pain
Doctor :   Thank you for your question. Your lower back pain when sitting could be due to strain of the lower back muscles, or a he rniated intervertebral disc. The best place to start is with your family doctor. They will perform a full examination of your back and have x rays performed to assist in elucidating the cause of your lower back pain. Once this is determined, treatment with medication for your pain and perhaps physiotherapy will be prescribed. If your lower back pain is caused by disc herniation you may need to be referred to an orthopedic surgeon for further evaluation. Thank you for consulting AskTheDoctor.com

Related Q&A

Q: I have pain in my shins after being on my feet for a while. The orthopedist thought it was sciatica, but my primary d...

Q: Is upper back pain normal with strept throat ?

Q: I have had a two level Spinal Fusion but the surgery has not worked or helped with my pain levels which have increase...

Q: Chronic lower back pain a right shoulder stuffiness

Q: I had an MRI for some back problems but it came back with this: "Small 1.3 cm lesion in the prepontine cistern, ...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon