See how our offices in Arlington Heights, IL, can help you with leg pain.
What is Leg Pain?
The term “leg pain” is pretty self-explanatory. It is a form of pain or aching discomfort in the leg that could be intense, stabbing-like, tingling, and/or dull. The pain can be constant or continual, manifest suddenly or over a period, and affect the whole leg or a specific area – for instance, the knee, shin, foot, ankle, thigh, knee, etc.
“Leg pain” is a relatively broad term. As mentioned above, the pain can affect certain specific parts of your leg. Based on the leg area that’s involved, the condition could have its own name. For instance, sciatica is a form of leg pain caused by a damaged nerve that’s rooted in the lower spine of your body. The condition troubles the entire leg.
Leg pain can occur anytime. Your leg may pain while lying down or when you’re exercising or running. It could happen at night while you’re sleeping, not letting you slumber in peace. Pain also occurs when the leg is exposed to high pressure levels, low or high temperatures, chemicals, etc. Based on the cause, the pain could be in just one leg or both legs.
The pain levels or intensity could be mild to severe. The continual, persisting ones tend to be on the less acute side. The painful sensations that hit you suddenly are likely to be sharper and cause increased agony, albeit momentarily. Pain caused due to an injury in an accident or a sports game is usually traumatic, with the cause being pretty apparent.
The Signs and Symptoms of Leg Pain
The feeling or sensation of pain is a tell-tale sign your leg is not in its optimal state and needs help. Before the pain manifests itself, a few things could act as precursors or indicate a leg pain is imminent. They include the following:
A few other likely signs you are likely to experience pain in your leg include:
- A grinding or popping sound from the knee. It could have been due to an injury or through normal wear and tear.
- A pale, swollen, or unusually cool leg.
- Unable to stretch your legs before exercising, especially if you were able to do so earlier.
- If resting your leg after a tiring day doesn’t feel as relaxing as it usually should.
If you sit at your computer desk for hours together without a break or do not get off your chair and do some intermittent stretching or casual walking, leg pain could likely be the outcome.
What are the Causes of Leg Pain?
Leg pain is usually due to tissue inflammation caused by a disease or injury.
The following are the likely causes:
Joint and Tissue Problems
Arthritis is a medical condition affecting your joints and causing pain, stiffness, and swelling in the region. When arthritis affects your knees, ankles, or hips, it could cause leg pain or make it extremely hard to walk normally or perform any regular task.
When the tissue connecting bones, referred to as a ligament, is torn or stretched, it gets injured or sprained. The injured region swells and hurts, which makes walking an almost impossible task.
Lack of Blood Flow
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) or the lack of blood flow to your legs could cause pain in your leg. This is usually the case when your arteries are narrowed. Besides pain sensations, your legs could feel numb or weak, or they may cramp while walking. They may also look discolored or devoid of blood in specific regions.
Blood clotting in your lower leg or thigh vein can also be the cause of your leg pain. Referred to as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the medical world, the issue can cause pain, swelling, and your leg could become red and warm. When ignored or not treated, DVT could result in pulmonary embolism, a condition wherein the clot breaks and heads to your lungs.
When a muscle in your leg is stretched beyond its capability, you’ll feel the same immediately as acute pain. Athletes – particularly those who play sports that entail a lot of running or some form of stretching – are more susceptible to such muscle-induced leg pain. Muscle cramps or your muscle getting tight suddenly can also bring along a sharp pain in the leg. Calf muscles are the ones that usually lose flexibility.
Loss of Electrolytes
During exercise, your body breaks down and scrounges for important minerals and vitamins to recover and rebuild itself. Minerals – such as potassium, calcium, and sodium – exit your body through perspiration when you train. These electrolytes are critical for the muscles to be in their optimal state.
When you lose these electrolytes through training and do not care to replenish those deposits, your legs could become weak or numb or start to cramp. There’s a reason why you see athletes and bodybuilders sipping on some liquid while training.
Medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, sciatica, herniated disc, bone cancer, baker’s cyst, etc., can all be the cause of your leg pain. Regular drug intake, physical injuries, mental stress, etc., could also be the reasons. These conditions typically interfere with or damage the nerves that relay messages from and to your brain.
Specific medical treatments such as chemotherapy can also instigate pain in the leg. Chemotherapy is radiation-induced pain that could cause peripheral neuropathy (painful numbness) or paresthesia (tingling and numbness of the feet, hands, etc.).
Hawkeye Chiropractic Care for Leg Pain
Some people claim back pain is the most debilitating of physiological conditions. That may be true, but leg pain is no easier to manage either. Not to mention, the thoughts of surgery and the scores of prescription drugs your doctor could put you on to treat the condition can be scary.
Fortunately, with some chiropractic treatments and a few modifications to your lifestyle, your unbearable leg pain (be it any kind) can be brought under control. We, at Hawkeye Chiropractic, have dealt with patients with all sorts of leg-related issues during our more than a decade-long service.
Under the direction of Dr. Drew Voelsch, we are committed to treating your leg pain or any other issue with your leg holistically and comprehensively. Unlike “conventional” forms of treatment, Hawkeye Chiropractic doesn’t focus on the pain symptoms but the root cause.
If you’re experiencing pain in your leg, popping in a painkiller shouldn’t be your immediate or even later resort. As alluded to above, medicines and drugs only focus on the symptoms. They do not get to the root of the problem, which you should be looking to do.
We, at Hawkeye Chiropractic, understand leg pain is likely to be deep-seated in your musculoskeletal alignment, nerves, joints, and/or bones. Our treatment process, therefore, entails the following:
- Identifying the underlying cause of the pain to work on it and correct it, preventing it from getting any worse.
- If the cause is misaligned spinal bones putting pressure on your nerves and causing pain and interfering with your nervous system, we use gentle yet effective treatments to adjust the spine. This helps relieve nerve pressure, letting the nervous system function as it should, alleviating your leg pain in the process. The same approach can be employed if a hip-related issue is a cause for the pain.
- We also employ several lifestyle adjustments, corrective exercises, and also regular adjustments. Our exercise tips ensure you stay active during treatment without exacerbating the pain or even feeling it.
Not to mention, our bottom-up treatment approach ensures decreased likelihood of any leg pain in the future.
Treatment for Leg Pain in Arlington Heights, IL
Are you looking for a chiropractic treatment center in and around Arlington Heights, IL? Or someone you know in Arlington Heights has leg pain problems? If you’ve answered in the affirmative to either of the two questions, or you’re looking for leg pain treatment in Arlington Heights IL, you are at the right place.
Having started in 2009, Hawkeye Chiropractic has grown to open its treatment centers in different parts of the country. Our Arlington Heights office, which is at 1401 S Arlington Road, Arlington Heights, is easily accessible to people located in the following regions:
- Rolling Meadows
- Des Plaines
- Mt Prospect
- Elk Grove Village
And it’s not just people from the above regions, we have had patients coming in from pretty much the entire area.
Call us at the number (847) 472-1224 for a quick appointment. If you’d like to send us a fax instead, do so at (847) 472-1193. You are welcome to pose all your questions and doubts to us before coming in for an in-person meeting.
We also are available for contact on popular social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Ask your questions to Dr. Drew or the entire team through these platforms.
To know what our past customers have to say about our treatments and services, go through our testimonials.
Leg Pain, No More!
Your legs are engaged when you walk, jog, run, play sport, etc. They undergo the maximum wear and tear of all body parts. Therefore, proper treatment is imperative to restore them and make your legs less prone to damage or total breakdown.
Hawkeye Chiropractic believes in holistic treatment. We address the trouble areas and also focus on other areas of your leg that hint at trouble. If your leg pain has brought your life to a standstill, we’ll help set it right.
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