Have you ever been literally stopped in your tracks due to lower extremity pain? There is nothing that can cut short an activity or force you to cancel an outing faster than lower extremity pain. Pain is usually treated with analgesics or pain pills. These medications merely mask the symptoms without getting to the root cause and treating the condition. Leg pain is one of the most common complaints seen by chiropractors. The good news is that lower extremity pain is usually successfully managed with chiropractic treatments.
Conditions that cause leg pain
There are many causes of lower extremity pain, including: pinched nerves, pulled muscles, ligament damage, joint damage, swelling due to overuse and injury, just to name a few. Below are other causes of lower extremity pain:
Nearly everyone has experienced leg cramps now and then – so you know how painful they can be. Many people suffer from chronic leg cramps. Aching, searing and throbbing pain are how people describe chronic lower extremity cramps. Although, the most common cause of cramping is dehydration, some are related to inadequate blood flow.
Restless Leg Syndrome
RLS consists of uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move them. It will cause poor rest and sleep patterns. Statistics have shown that approximately 10% of adults in the U.S. suffer from these uncontrollable, sporadic leg movements and twitching that are experienced by those who have restless leg syndrome.
Many people complain of pain that is related to the irritation and/or inflammation of the sciatic nerve. This condition is referred to as sciatica. People who suffer pain and discomfort from this condition find it nearly impossible to perform their daily activities. Sciatica makes it hard to even find a comfortable position. Left untreated, sciatica may even lead to permanent numbness and tingling of one or both legs.
Because of our body’s constant movement and posture, it makes sense to think that our spinal bones (vertebrae) may move out of their correct position. This movement can cause pressure or irritation of the spinal nerves. When one or more vertebrae move out of their correct position it is called subluxation. The spinal nerves branch out from in between the bones of the spine. Compression or pressure on a nerve causes interference on the signals that travel across the nerves to the brain. If this happens, the parts of the body affected by those nerves will not function at 100%.
How can chiropractic help?
Chiropractic care can help get you back to your normal activities quickly by get the vertebrae back into the proper position and taking pressure off the nerve, your Amarillo Chiropractor will locate the subluxation – reduce and correct them. The subluxations are reduced by safe, painless adjustments that are designed to correct the specific subluxations. These adjustments will reduce or alleviate your pain and discomfort. Dr Kelly specializes in relieving extremity pain in feet, ankles, knees, and hips. With chiropractic care, the root of your problem will be identified instead of masked with pain medications or “fixed” with unnecessary surgical procedures. Don’t let leg pain put a damper on your spring and summer activities. Take the first step to relieving your lower extremity pain by contacting New Life Chiropractic.