If you suffer from chronic leg pain, it could be the sign of something deeper and much more serious. Pain in the legs can be passing or persistent. It’s easy enough to shake off occasional pain in your legs that comes from doing activities you don’t normally do. Chronic pain, however, can be distracting, distressing, and can interfere with your life, especially when you don’t know the cause. Common causes of persistent feelings of discomfort in the legs can include ruptured or herniated discs in your back, and nerve irritation or poor circulation. Other problems, such as osteoarthritis, obesity, or diabetes can be attributed to the cause of your hurting limbs.
Peripheral neuropathy, commonly known as nerve damage, can result in persistent painful legs. Simply put, the peripheral nervous system is the nerves in the arms and legs that communicate with the brain and spinal cord. Nerve damage can result from a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to, circulatory disorders, car accidents, sports injuries, and just getting older. Nerve damage can often result in severe pain, weakness, tingling, or numbness extending to the feet.
Irritation of the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body that originates in the lower back, can also cause unsettling leg pain. Sciatic nerve pain typically runs down the back of the leg, and pain and numbness often extend to the foot and toes. This can be from intervertebral disc disease, piriformis syndrome, or other types of pinched nerves.
Ruptured disc or herniated discs are a painful condition that can occur in the back’s lumbar or neck region. Discs are the soft cushion part of the spine, and age or injury damages this cushion and interrupts the purpose they serve, which is to act as shock absorbers. Like nerve damage or irritation, pain from a ruptured disc usually extends down the back of the leg, through the calf, and may reach the foot and toes.
Any number of these issues can cause worsening conditions, including increasing the likelihood of other injuries, such as hip, knee, and ankle injuries. In fact, each year, more than 1 million people visit the emergency room due to ankle injuries. In some cases, these injuries may be attributed to other issues, such as leg pain or nerve problems. Treating the causes at the root can help eliminate pain and the possibility of further injury to your legs and can support your frame.
A Natural, Holistic Approach To Pain in The Legs
If you’re suffering from leg pain or neuropathy, a medical doctor may recommend medication to help the pain. Unfortunately, medications usually only mask the problem and then wear off, and the pain will persist. And if you don’t plan on taking pain medications long-term, it is dangerous. Medication is not the answer, and nowadays, people are looking for a holistic approach for treating their problems and symptoms. Holistic approaches to managing leg pain also include massage therapy, weight loss, gentle stretching, and low-impact exercises. These types of activities are vitally important to correct the cause and relieve pain that results from a sedentary life.
Aim to vary your activities throughout the day instead of sitting in the same position for too long, as sitting can be worse than smoking. As with anything, health is the first wealth, and pain of any kind can often manifest due to diet.
You increase your chances of living pain-free:
- By modifying the foods you eat,
- taking vitamins and supplements,
- reducing your alcohol consumption,
- and reducing your eating of pro-inflammatory foods.
How a Chiropractor Can Help with Leg Pain
You can’t determine the cause of leg pain just by guessing, and that’s where a chiropractic physician comes into play. That’s because a chiropractor can offer professionally considered, long-lasting solutions to relieve painful legs that don’t involve medication or surgery.
This is where Dr. Michael Newman can help you or your family. He can conduct the necessary tests to pinpoint the cause of your leg pain to effectively treat it through a natural approach. He’s been treating patients with chronic and persistent pain in the legs8 for more than 35 years. Including those who suffer from sciatic pain, lumbar disc disease, and circulatory peripheral neuropathy. Because of his eclectic approach, Dr. Newman will be able to help you live pain-free and at peak performance for many years to come.
If you’re experiencing leg pain, or pain that originates in the lower back area, contact Dr. Newman’s office today to schedule an appointment.