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Treatment Advice

for common spine conditions

What do I do?

We have treatment advice for the conditions shown below. Each section displays the commonly affected area and the Signs & Symptoms for that condition.

If you want to learn more on how to best manage the condition, simply click the “Get Advice” button to continue.

Back Pain

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
+/- mild-moderate leg pain
  • Pain between the bottom of the rib cage and the buttock (+/- leg pain).
  • Pain aggravated by specific positions/ activities
  • May have leg pain
  • No change of nerve function
  • Pain varies
  • Sleep may be disturbed

Sciatica Pain

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
+/- nerve symptoms
  • Back and leg pain
  • Pain can radiate below the knee and often in the foot and/or toes
  • May experience muscle weakness, numbness or tingling
  • Pain on movement
  • May have night pain
  • -

Cauda Equina Syndrome

affected area
Signs & Symptoms
  • If you are experiencing 2 or more symptoms below - contact your clinician
  • Back pain-(usually but not always)
  • Plus one or more of the following:
  • Problems with ejaculation
  • Loss of vaginal sensation
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Laxity of anal sphincter tone
  • Urinary retention, frequency or incontinence
  • Saddle anaesthesia or paraesthesia
  • Severe or progressive neurological deficit in the lower extremities or gait disturbance

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  • This information was published by MSKnote’s Health Content Team and is based on reputable sources of medical evidence. It has been reviewed by appropriate medical or clinical professionals. Photos are only for illustrative purposes and do not reflect every presentation of a condition.
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  • The exercises provided are intended for your personal use and for informational purposes only.
  • Stop the exercises if they make your symptoms worse or cause new pain.
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