Straight Leg Rising Test


The straight leg rising test is a test that orthopedists give to determine if you have a herniated disc in your back or not. People with back pain and pain in their legs often receive this test because a herniated disc is often the cause of the pain but generally this test is part of the regular physical exam. When you go in for the test, the doctor will place you on your back and then you will need to fold in one of the legs. Then you would turn your leg towards the chest. After this the doctor would ask you to lift the other leg in a straight manner. If during the test you have pain and discomfort, it is likely that you could have a herniated disc.

You Can Do This Test At Home

You do not have to wait for a visit to the doctor to get the test because you can perform it at home. Start by sitting on an exercise mat with one leg folded in and the other leg straightened. You would put your arms around the leg that is folded in while you lift the straightened leg off the floor. Then lower the straightened leg and repeat with the other leg.

The Test Showed That I Have A Herniated Disc. Now What?

If you took this test and it is discovered that you have a herniated disc, here is how you can get treatment for it. If the herniated disc in your back is not too severe, you can get physical therapy for relief and there are also steroid injections that you can take so that your back pain will improve. Some people turn to chiropractic techniques to improve the herniated discs while others may choose to get surgery to treat it.

How to Prevent Herniated Disc

To avoid having to take the straight leg rising test to detect herniated discs, there are ways to prevent. You should lose excess weight since this contributes to back problems and herniated discs. You should also eliminate your smoking habit because it decreases the ability of your back’s discs to take in nutrients. Improve your posture daily and lift heavy objects properly. In conclusion, the straight leg rising test is a simple and non-invasive method of finding out if you have a herniated disc.