What Can a Chiropractor Do for Leg Pain?
Do you suffer from leg pain? Millions of people suffer from leg pain every day. Symptoms may vary depending upon your specific situation as well as the actual cause of the leg pain. Some may be suffering from sciatica, which starts in the lower back and affects either one or both legs. Others have pain that is isolated to certain areas such as the lower legs or thigh area, while others have issues with their knees, toes or feet.
Leg pain may vary from dull to severe depending on the location and type of pain. Your chiropractor may be able to help relieve your leg pain, once he or she has determined the cause.
Common Causes of Leg Pain
- Injury to tendons, joints, muscles or ligaments
- Knee, hip or ankle injuries
- Spinal bone misalignment (subluxations)
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Muscle strain or cramps
- Disc problems
- Biomechanics issues
- Side effects from certain medications
Nerve compression and increased tension in the spinal muscles may be caused by issues in the hips, knees or ankles. This affects the biomechanics of the spine, causing pain and issues with movement. Osteoarthritis, a bulging disc, or subluxations can result in compression of the spinal nerve, which causes pain in the legs and feet. As well, spinal issues such as spinal stenosis can cause pain in different areas of the leg, depending on which nerves are affected. Sciatic nerve pain can result in anything from shooting pain that runs from the lower back down to the legs or even something as minor as tingling or numbness in the toes.
Seeing a chiropractor for leg pain can help ease your leg pain, or eliminate it altogether. It is important to tell your doctor exactly where the pain is located, your medical history and any factors that may be contributing to your leg pain. As well, you need to accurately describe the pain in detail from sharp, dull, stinging, burning, numbness, tingling, etc. to help them obtain a proper diagnosis and plan an appropriate treatment plan for leg pain.
Your chiropractor may treat your leg pain through one of the following methods:
- Spinal adjustment or manipulation
- Heat and/or ice therapy
- Rehabilitation exercises
Benefits of chiropractic care for leg pain
- Noticeable decrease in inflammation and swelling
- Reduced discomfort, numbness/tingling and/or pain
- Increased muscle strength and tone
- Improved range of motion