Treating Hip Pain, Leg Pain, Leg Numbness, and Leg Tingling in Chicago
If you are experiencing pain in your hips or legs, or you have numbness or tingling in your legs, the chiropractors at Advanced Spine and Sports Care might be able to help you, especially if conventional medicine has proved ineffective.
Possible Causes of Hip Pain, Leg Pain, Leg Numbness, and Leg Tingling*
Many different conditions can cause hip pain, leg pain, leg numbness, and leg tingling, but the most common cause of these ailments are the following three conditions:
- Wearing down of cartilage / arthritis osteoarthritis
- Overuse of injury to muscles or tendons
Treatment of Pain in the Hips and Legs, Leg Tingling, and Leg Numbness
If you see an MD and are diagnosed with sciatica, arthritis, or a muscle or tendon problem, you will most likely be given the following advice:
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories / pain-relievers (like Advil, Aleve, or Tylenol)
- Apply ice
In sever cases, MDs may prescribe one of more of the following:
- Steroid injections
However, most of our patients with these conditions find that the treatments supplied by MDs are temporary: they treat the pain, but not the underlying cause of the pain. When treatment ends, the pain returns, sometimes even worse that it was before.
Conversely, a chiropractor like those at Advanced Spine and Sports Care, will attempt to treat the reason you are experiencing pain, with the goal of controlling, or in some cases, eliminating the underlying problem, and thereby easing or eradicating your pain.
How a Chiropractor Can Treat Pain Related to Sciatica
Sciatica is caused when pressure is applied to the sciatic nerve. This pressure can be caused by:
- Spinal misalignment or slipped / herniated discs. Chiropractors can treat these conditions by manipulating the spine and restoring spinal alignment.
- Spinal stenosis. While chiropractic care cannot correct spinal stenosis, regular chiropractic treatments can stave off the development or progression of spinal stenosis.
- A tight piriformis muscle. Chiropractors can treat this by using a number of different techniques, from spinal manipulation, to massage, to stretching, both in the office and as a directed at-home treatment
How a Chiropractor Can Treat Pain Related to Arthritis
Arthritis is caused when the cartilage in a joint is eroded. When a healthy joint moves, the cartilage between in moving bones protects the bones and nerves and cushions the movement. When that cartilage is damaged or destroyed, the bones grind together when the joint is moved, causing pain. Chiropractic cannot restore your cartilage and therefore it cannot “cure” arthritis. However, regular chiropractic care can keep cartilage degeneration from occurring, or slow the process of degeneration.
Chiropractic can also afford relief to many arthritis patients, without the use of medications or injections. In addition to gentle manipulations, we can help arthritis sufferers learn about natural ways to combat inflammation, including dietary changes.
How a Chiropractor Can Treat Pain Related to Overuse or Injury to Muscles and Tendons
There are, of course, many ways to injure your muscles. But in some cases, joint tightness and overly tight muscles can actually cause injury to muscles and tendons. Regular chiropractic care can keep your joints lubricated and moving and help you keep your muscles from becoming too tight in the first place.
But even after you are injured, chiropractic can help with these ailments. Injury to a muscle or tendon will often cause undue stress on associated joints and other supporting muscles. A chiropractor can make sure that your body remains in alignment throughout your recovery; that associated joints, muscles, and tendons do not become stiff and inflexible from lack of movement; and that scar tissue in the injured area, which can cause future tightness, is broken up and dispersed.
Pains That May Be Related to Hip or Leg Issues:
- Inside of hip joint
- Outside of hip joint
*Before a chiropractor treats you for hip or leg pain, he or she will want to rule out a bone fracture, especially if your hip pain began suddenly or after a fall. Bone fractures will need to be treated by a different type of doctor. Furthermore, this is not a complete list of conditions that may cause these symptoms. Other causes include, but are not limited to, cancer, hernias, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, peripheral artery disease, and diabetic neuropathy. If you have reason to suspect that the cause of your symptoms might be one of these issues, you should schedule an appointment with your MD as soon as possible.
Do you have hip pain, leg pain, leg numbness, or leg tingling?
If so, contact us at Advanced Spine and Sports Care today. We will listen to your medical history, assess your condition, and help you decide on a treatment path. We are committed to helping you live the most active, healthy life possible.