Chiropractic treatment can address many of the most common causes of leg pain. More specifically, chiropractic works with leg pain patients to preserve or restore mobility and the normal functioning of the leg. Generally speaking, patients often suffer from leg pain due to nerve issues/irritation; trauma; or arthritis. Let’s take a look at how each of these cause leg pain, and what can be done to resolve this pain in our Sea Girt chiropractic office.
Sciatica and/or Nerve Irritation
Nerve irritation is a major cause of leg pain. For example, sciatica is the term used to describe the many symptoms that occur due to the inflammation, irritation, and compression of the sciatic nerve.
In many cases, this nerve irritation occurs as the result of a misalignment, or subluxation , in the spine. For leg pain/sciatica patients, this misalignment may be present in the lower spine, and the nerves may become pinched or compressed when the spine is not aligned correctly. Chiropractic care can help by realigning the spine and correcting postural issues. This takes the pressure off of nerves and relieves leg pain.
Leg Pain and Trauma
Injuries from auto accidents, sports, or other traumas can cause muscle strain and tears. Tendonitis is also associated with leg pain and can be caused by long-term trauma or overuse. After trauma of any type, inflammation in one area (such as the leg) can wreak havoc on the health of the entire body.
Using a hands-on, manual approach, chiropractic care addresses inflammation. When the spine is adjusted, the result is often a reduction in low-grade and/or long term inflammation that can occur after an injury. In order to improve movement in the leg and alleviate pain, chiropractic treatment may also involve applying a controlled force to restricted joints (such as the knee joint).
Arthritis and Chiropractic at Sea Girt Spine and Rehabilitation
Generally speaking, arthritis is characterized by inflammation and pain in the joints. There are a variety of types of arthritis, and thus each patient experiences the condition differently. For some, the severity of pain may increase while the joint is in motion, while for others rest is more painful. Rheumatoid arthritis, in particular, can be painful even when the joints are not in use, while degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis) will mostly be symptomatic while the joint is in use.
Abnormal distribution of weight (loading) on the joints due to a misaligned spine can cause mechanical stress. This abnormal loading can exacerbate or cause the symptoms of osteoarthritis. When the spine is realigned, this mechanical stress is reduced, alleviating the resulting leg pain.