There many reasons why you might have leg pain. You may have torn a muscle, even blood clots (deep vein thrombosis) can cause pain. However, it’s possible that your leg pain actually stems from your lower back.
You might remember that old song, the one about the thigh bone connected to the hip bone. Well, that’s true. (The song is called “Dem Bones” in case you’re wondering.) Your nerves and tissues are all connected too. Nothing in your body is independent of anything else. This means, if you have chronic leg pain, it could be related to your sciatic nerve or a herniated disc. Both of these usually stem from your lower back.
How the Sciatic Nerve Can Relate to Leg Pain
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It runs from the base of your skull, down your back and into your thighs where it sends nerve signals down both legs and into your feet.
If you feel a burning or tingling sensation in one leg, that can be a symptom of sciatica. If you find it painful to sit for long periods, that’s another symptom.
Sciatica can be caused by arthritis in the spine, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis or other spinal concerns.
Therapeutic yoga classes can help reduce lower back pain and ease the symptoms of sciatica including leg pain. Chiropractic adjustments can help relieve sciatic pain and get at the source of the problem through x-rays and an individual treatment plan.
How a Herniated Disc Can Cause Leg Pain
Disc troubles go by many names. Herniated, ruptured, slipped and other terms can all relate to back trouble that stem from these round spinal elements that line your spinal column. In some cases they can be out of alignment and pressing on a nerve which triggers leg pain.
When a chiropractic adjustment realigns your spine so that the disc returns to its rightful place, you may feel relief right away.
Like back pain, leg pain symptoms can take many forms. You may feel searing pain or a tingling sensation. Your leg may feel numb or pain may radiate down your leg. The causes of leg pain are best determined by a health checkup and discussion with a medical professional.
If you’re in the Doylestown area, Dr. Jeff McQuaite will discuss your medical history with you, your lifestyle and perform an X-ray to determine the root cause of your pain.
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