I fell because of sciatica

Some people have a hard time getting up and walking because of a previous injury.

It’s common to have some pain in your lower back, hips, or legs. This might be due to an injury, a herniated disk, or another health condition.

You might also feel pain when you walk that doesn’t go away. Sometimes this pain is more severe than it was before you fell.

You might also have a problem with your balance. This can cause you to stumble or fall.

Falls on your feet and legs are the most common causes of injuries that lead to lower back pain.

The most common cause of lower back pain is an injury. This can happen to anyone. It’s common to fall on the same part of your body repeatedly.

Risk factors for falls on the feet and legs

If you regularly fall on your feet and legs, you might need to take certain steps to prevent falls.

Falls on the feet and legs can happen during sports or other activities that require your legs to move. Other fall prevention tips include:

  • Wear shoes with good support.
  • Wear supportive socks when you’re walking or standing.
  • Take a break when you’re in intense physical activity.
  • Wear a cane or other assistive device to help you get around more easily.
  • Ask someone to help you get out of bed or off the floor if you’re in a wheelchair.

Falls on the feet and legs are the most common cause of injuries that lead to lower back pain.

Symptoms of a fall on your feet and legs

Falls on the feet and legs can lead to lower back pain. Symptoms can vary from person to person.

Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Sudden pain in your lower back
  • Pain in your buttocks or legs
  • Leg swelling
  • Numbness or tingling in your legs or feet
  • Muscle weakness in your legs or feet
  • Muscle spasms in your legs or feet
  • Weakness in your arms or hands

Treatments for a fall on your feet and legs

You can treat lower back pain from falls that cause injuries to your feet and legs.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Rest. It’s important to give your body time to heal. You might need to take a break from physical activity or other activities that require you to use your legs.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication if needed.
  • Ice. Applying ice to your legs or feet for 20 minutes at a time can help reduce swelling.
  • Rest. You might also need to take a break from physical activity that causes you to slip and fall.
  • Wear protective gear. For example, you might need to wear a slip-resistant shoe. You might also want to wear a brace or knee sleeve.
  • Wear a cane or other assistive device.
  • Ask someone else to help you get up from the floor or bed if you’re in a wheelchair.

Talk to your doctor

You might have some questions about your lower back pain or a fall that caused it.

Your doctor can help you figure out what’s causing your lower back pain. They can also help you develop a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.

If your back pain is caused by a fall, you might not need a doctor’s care. But you might need one if your pain is more severe or if you have other symptoms.

For example, you might need a doctor’s care if you have:

  • Leg weakness
  • Muscle spasms

Prevention tips for falls on your feet and legs

If you frequently fall on your feet and legs, you might need to take certain steps to prevent falls.

Here are some steps to help prevent falls:

  • Take a break from intense physical activity.
  • Wear supportive shoes.
  • Take a break from high-impact activities like running or jumping.
  • Wear protective gear if needed, such as a knee brace or a slip-resistant shoe.
  • Ask someone to help you get up from the floor or bed if you’re in a wheelchair.
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for falling.

Take the RAPID-Risk Assessment

If you regularly fall on your feet and legs, you might need to take steps to reduce your risk of falls.

The RAPID-Risk Assessment is a self-assessment that helps you determine your risk of falls. It can help you take steps to reduce your risk.

The RAPID-Risk Assessment is available online. It includes questions about your:

  • Age.
  • Sex.
  • Activities.
  • Family history of falls.
  • Medications.
  • Eating habits.
  • Health conditions.
  • Medical conditions.
  • Risks at home.
  • Other health and lifestyle habits.

The RAPID-Risk Assessment includes a score that indicates your risk of falling. The higher the score, the higher your risk.

Getting help if you have a fall

If you regularly have falls on your feet and legs, you might need help with some of the things in this article.

Your doctor can help you develop a treatment plan to help prevent falls and lower your risk of injury.

Here are some steps to take if you have a fall:

  • Call 911 or your local emergency number.
  • If you’re in a wheelchair, get out of the chair and onto your foot or leg that’s the easiest to get to.
  • Help another person get up if they’re able to help.
  • Carry a cell phone or other phone device in case you’re unable to get up in time.
  • Use a walker or other assistive device if needed.
  • If you’re in bed, get out of bed if you’re able to.

Talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider if you have a fall and feel that you need more help.

The takeaway

If your lower back pain is caused by a fall, talk to your doctor. They can help you develop a treatment plan to help relieve your pain.

You can also take steps to help prevent falls. For example, you might need to take steps to reduce your risk of falls, such as wearing a slip-resistant shoe, taking a break from physical activity, and wearing a brace or knee sleeve.

You can also get help if you have a fall. For example, you might need to get help from another person or use a walker or other assistive device.

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