What are some orthopedic/neurological tests I could do at home to differentiate between bulging disc, SI injury, and piriformis pain? My wife performed a straight leg test one day after onset of symptoms. It seemed to be negative (initially caused pain in low back but no pain down leg; felt like a very good stretch of the hamstrings) I can not bend forward or backward w/o pain. Side bending in each direction does not exacerbate symptoms, but it ain’t exactly comfortable either. Some minor, intermittent muscle spasm in left buttocks.
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.