Chiropractic care is well known for relieving back pain, but can they help you if you have leg pain? On a daily basis, leg pain affects many people. Symptoms of pain may be present in different ways depending on a patient’s symptoms. For example, pain beginning in the lower back and traveling down one or both legs, some may experience pain below the knee, in their feet or toes. Some may experience pain down the side of their legs or in the front of their thighs.
Leg pain causes and symptoms
Pain can be dull, sharp, aching, heavy, burning, tingling, cause numbness, or weakness. Pain can be caused by side effects from medications, nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, injury to a joint, tendon, ligament, or muscle. Other causes can be muscle cramps, disc problems, subluxations, or muscle strain or fatigue.
If there is a dysfunction in ankles, knees, or hips, the body can’t move properly, causing the biomechanics of the spine to be altered, which results in increased spinal muscle tension and nerve compression. Disc herniation, osteoarthritis, or subluxations can cause pain in the legs due to compressing the spinal nerves, which start in the low back and travel down into the legs and feet.
A common leg pain issue is sciatica, which is an irritation of the sciatic nerve, beginning at the base of your spine. This is the largest nerve in the body, joined to the lower lumbar and sacral regions. Pain associated with the sciatic nerve can be felt in the calves, lower leg, thigh, and buttocks. This pain can make performing normal daily functions next to impossible, and relief is difficult when trying to find a comfortable position.
Leg pain can be associated with a number of things: joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, nerves, skin, or blood vessels. Inflammation in the tissue can be triggered by an injury or a disease. More serious causes of leg pain include arthritis, blood clots, or deep vein thrombosis.
The range of possibilities for why someone suffers from leg pain means there are many ways to diagnose and treat the various symptoms and conditions. Doctors preform an in-depth analysis or evaluation to deduce the specific cause of leg pain if it isn’t an obvious case of a fall or some other traumatic injury. Strains and broken bones need to be ruled out, too. Doctors utilize ultrasound imaging, X-rays, and scans to make a diagnosis easier.
Treatment for leg pain varies depending on the diagnosis. Pain control can include pain medications, stretching, rest, ice or heat therapy, or rehabilitation exercises. By identifying the root cause of the pain and working on correcting the underlying cause, a chiropractor can help work with a patient to correct the cause, not mask the problem like pain medication does.
How Chiropractic Care can help, alleviate, or treat leg pain
Chiropractors largely care for any ailment that affects or originate from the spine and can manage and relieve swelling and discomfort of the lower leg caused by knee, foot, and ankle pain. Regular chiropractic care provides a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription medications or over-the-counter pain medications. Adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints. Reducing inflammation improves the function of the affected joint and nervous system. This helps to increase joint mobility and improves your nervous system function. Spinal health makes it easier for your body to manage symptoms caused by knee, foot, and ankle pain.
If you’re having leg pain and want to see if a chiropractor in Plains, PA or the Wilkes-Barre, PA area can help, call Cross Valley Chiropractic at (570) 822-4848 for a consultation.