Leg pain that shoots down the leg is caused by nerve compression.

Neuropathy occurs when nerves are damaged or compressed and no longer send the right messages from the brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves to the muscles, skin and other parts of the body the nerves innervate.  Carpal tunnel is a peripheral neuropathy that leads to numbness and pain in the hand.  A herniated lumbar disc leads to nerve pain shooting into the butt and let most frequently. Patients often develop tingling or numbness in a limb plus radiating pain and sometimes weakness.  Neuropathy has many causes including sports trauma, car or bike accidents, accidents with sharp objects, medications, toxins, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases to name a few. It’s important to seek medical evaluation quickly to determine the root cause of the nerve symptoms.