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Low back pain, leg pain and Chiropractic: the only way to go!

Posted Jun 23 2010 4:16am 2 Comments

Lower back pain which is accompanied by radiating leg pain is very common and Chiropractic is a fast way to treat the problem. The radiating pain only travels into the buttock and thigh, and doesn’t travel below the knee happens frequently and is a better prognosis for conservative care. And, commonly, the thigh pain is found in the back of the thigh, rather than in the front of the leg.

Most of the time, this back pain radiating leg pain does NOT come from a herniated disc, and does NOT mean the problem is sciatica ( an inflamed sciatic nerve). This type of back pain that travels into the buttock and the back of the thigh is usually caused by mechanical changes in the sacroiliac joint and the spinal joints of the lower back. These mechanical changes relate to tight spinal muscles and inflamed spinal ligaments and tendons, with resulting loss of full mobility.

Such low back pain and leg problems are treatable with chiropractic care. The problems are structural, related to the joints and surrounding soft  tissues and chiropractic treatment is designed to restore balance and function. Symptoms typically begin to improve quickly.
Disc herniations are very common and seem to occur with the least effort. Bending over to pick up a child can cause a sharp stabbing pain or an electrical shooting pain in the lower back. The next day, pain and numbness may radiate down one leg with trouble walking.
Spinal discs are weight-bearing shock absorbers. They contain a gel-like ball-bearing center, which is surrounded by tough fibrous cartilage, arranged in concentric, criss-crossing circles. As a person gets older, the discs lose some of their water content, and cracks and fissures develop in the fibrous cartilage. If a weight-bearing stress is unusual and unexpected, the gel-like material in the center of the disc can push through one of the fissures and possibly irritate a spinal nerve. If enough of this material pushes through, the nerve can become inflamed and cause symptoms such as radiating pain and/or numbness, and possibly weakness, in one leg.

Typically, such pain and/or numbness radiates down the leg, traveling below the knee and possibly into the foot and are highly suggestive of an inflamed spinal nerve with the leg symptoms much worse and of greater concern than any back pain that may be present.
In the best scenario, conservative treatment may be sufficient and the nerve inflammation improves with time. A medical doctor might prescribe an NSAIDs, which may be helpful in the short term but will not solve the problem. Chiropractic conservative therapy may include physical therapeutic modalities and gentle trigger point therapy to relieve associated muscle spasms.
If conservative care does not start to alleviate the symptoms in 2 weeks, a spinal surgeon should be consulted to provide an additional opinion and input. If pain is severe and there is neurologic loss, surgery may be the best option.

Of course prevention is the best. Your chiropractor will be able to provide guidance and recommend effective protocols to help you achieve and maintain good health and wellness. Our office specializes in treating low back pain of all types with gentle techniques. Call our office at 860-620-9523 or visit our website for more information at

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how can I treat my severe leg pain with out drugs? Xrays confirm that I have mild spondylosis L3 L4
Agaba, chiropractic care would definitely help you. Doing exercises at home will also be beneficial- for stretching and strengthening. Finally, stretching your lower back ( traction) can also give some relief to the lower back area. - NJ
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