Leg pain can put a real damper on anyone's day. Most of us take our legs for granted every day, only realizing how delicate the balance of our body is when it gets thrown out of whack.
If you’re experiencing leg pain, it could be due to a problem with your back, as a matter of fact.
Barton Chiropractic Clinic runs into many cases where our patients experience pain that is not limited to just areas of their back or spine. The sciatic nerve is actually the largest nerve in the entire human body. Problems with the sciatic nerve happen to be the number one cause of leg pain.
Sciatica and Leg Pain
Sciatica is believed to be caused by nerve dysfunction, which is likely caused by compression of one or multiple lumbar or sacral nerve roots brought on by herniated disc (when the disc’s liquid center swells and bulges). These bulging discs push against external ring fibers, making contact with the spinal canal, compressing the nerve root against the lamina or pedicle of a vertebra.
Sciatica can extend all the way down to the foot. Patients often experience numbness, tingling, even burning or pricking sensations.
Radiculopathy is So Not Radical
Radiculopathy is another condition that can result in leg pain caused by nerve root problems. It can be caused by direct pressure from herniated discs or degenerative conditions in the lumbar spine. Irritation and inflammation occurs.
Herniated Disc and Pinched Nerve
Herniated disc and pinched nerve can also result in leg pain. Discs can not only bulge, they can rupture or even tear. This also results in leg pain that can happen while walking, or when immobile.
We think we've made our point. Leg pain can mean there's a lot more going on than just problems with your legs. If you’re experiencing leg pain, maybe it has something to do with your back. Don’t accept living in pain. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Diane Barton today. During your initial visit we'll discuss our wide range of treatments and solutions that will increase your quality of life.