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Is your leg pain causing back problems? Here's what might be happening

The title of this blog might sound like an earful, but it's a common problem many Veterans can relate to. Due to unique physical demands of the military – such as increased risk for injury, harsh environments, and high intensity movements – service members are more likely to experience physical ailments. Between carrying heavy loads, marching, and training over various and more intense types of terrain, Veterans have typically experienced more physical challenges than many people with civilian careers.

What are altered body mechanics?

Basically, it's a fancy way of saying changes in the way one's body functions and maintains posture. If you've been injured, you've probably had altered body mechanics without even realizing it. The following are a few examples of altered body mechanics:

  • Compensatory movements to avoid pain

  • Joint stiffness and limitation

  • Muscle imbalances or weakness

  • Postural deviations and poor posture

How can this lead to lower back pain?

All of the reasons we've listed above can contribute to lower back pain when altered body mechanics become chronic. Pain in the lower extremities (hips, knees, ankles) causes people to avoid moving as they normally would to prevent further pain. Veterans who have a long history of high intensity movements and physical exertion experience this commonly – causing them to modify their movement habits.

These abnormal movements, plus the resulting changes in posture, begin to strain and stress the back muscles and joints. Whether sitting or standing, altered body mechanics affect posture and gait patterns (the way we walk). If a Veteran has an ankle injury, they are likely to walk in a way that avoids putting weight on that ankle – over time leading to back issues from the imbalanced gait.

Get VA disability benefits for relief from physical ailments

If you suspect your back pain is a result of a service-connected injury to a lower extremity, you may be entitled to claim it for VA disability benefits. That's where we come in by writing a nexus letter.

Not sure where to start with your VA disability claim? We can help. Start by visiting our services page here to review what we can do for you. If you're not sure what you need, one of our friendly team members will be happy to assist you in planning your first step.

Contact us here or sign up for an expert chart review here. We're ready and waiting to help you get the VA disability benefits you deserve.

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