What Can I Do About Leg Pain?
An important thing to understand is that leg pain is a symptom of a problem—of something compressing or irritating the nerve roots that comprise the sciatic nerve—rather than a medical diagnosis or medical disorder in an of itself. This is an important distinction because it is the underlying diagnosis that often needs to be treated in order to relieve sciatic nerve pain. Common causes of sciatica are a lumbar herniated disc, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease or spondylolisthesis.
Chiropractors in Southampton at the Avenue Clinic will try to ascertain the cause of your leg pain as this can also be from faulty foot movements, weak muscles, poor core stability, poor posture as well as using your back wrongly over and over again, often for years. We will look at the way you use your body and as well as treating your back with manipulation or mobilisation to improve local function. If we can encourage your body to adopt better movement patterns, you are less likely to get recurrences of this painful condition.
In a recent study, manipulation, which is one of the techniques used by chiropractors, was compared to surgery. The outcome over one year was that manipulation is as effective as surgery for leg pain from radiculopathy. Patients in the study had been receiving GP care and physiotherapy for many months which was failing to improve the pain and other symptoms.