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5 Leg Pains That May Be Caused by Your Spine

By Debra Rodzinak

Recently, a family member complained of leg pains. He described the pain as a burning pain that shot down the entire leg down to his foot. He went to his doctor who advised that he take muscle relaxers and stay off his feet for a week or two. Anyone who knows my brother-in-law knows that he is not one to lie around to recuperate. He went to a chiropractor who explained that his leg pain was actually from the lumbar nerves in his spine. After the first adjustment, he found significant relief. After several more adjustments, he was completely pain free. He never did take those muscle relaxers. 

Leg Pain Symptoms

Since leg pain can present differently, it is important to understand the different ways that leg pain symptoms can occur.  These include:

  • Burning Pain – Typical of when a nerve root in the lumbar region (lower) spine is irritated. This pain is often called sciatica because the sciatic nerve is usually the culprit.
  • Leg Tingling or Numbness – Ranging from a slight tingle to complete numbness can be caused from a nerve that is pinched or pressed between two vertebrae. 
  • Weakness or Heaviness – When a herniated disc causes damage to a nerve, the muscles that are controlled by that nerve will not work, making flexing the foot difficult. A test for this type of complaint is to flex the foot and try to walk on the heel.
  • Constant Pain – Felt in the buttock region, this pain is technically not leg pain, but usually accompanies some sort of leg pain. Described as an aching or throbbing pain, this type of pain is often only on one side and becomes better with stretching. 
  • Positional Leg Pain – If the leg pain is relieved by switching positions, the facet joints may be irritated or there may be a narrowing of the bone channel in the spine.   

Finding Relief for Leg Pain

After a discussion with your primary physician, if you are still experiencing leg pain and want to find a drug-free path to pain relief, come by The Joint. The Joint is reinventing the chiropractic experience by putting the patient in charge.  Your overall treatment program is on your terms, not ours. 

Often less expensive than an insurance copay, The Joint makes finding relief from leg pain simple, easy, and stress-free. Drop by The Joint today to begin your journey to living life without pain.

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