Why is my leg hurting?

There are many different conditions that can create leg pain, some of which originate in the leg, some which are referred pain from the knee joint, ankle or hip joint pain, and some which originate with back conditions, such as sciatica. Sciatica leg pain can be severe and debilitating so it is important to see a chiropractor for sciatica treatment as soon as possible.

What’s the cause of my leg pain?

Often, leg pain is caused by a bulging disc. The bulging disc will put pressure on a nerve and pain will then be felt in a corresponding place in the body – often the legs. A chiropractor will determine which nerve route has been hit (and therefore the precise location of the bulging disc) based on where you are feeling pain. For example, pain in the toes will equate to a problem near vertebra L5; pain around the front of the thigh will equate to vertebra L3. This diagnosis will then determine the best course – and combination – of treatments.

What does leg pain feel like?

The type of leg pain you have will depend on its cause. A pulled hamstring, for example, will result in quite localised pain, whereas sciatica is known for sending pains up and down the legs from the buttocks to the toes. Sufferers of this can feel sciatica in both legs or just one leg.

A twisted knee will result in pain and stiffness around the knee joint, and possibly a lack of strength and the inability to bear weight.

We can also talk to you about how to treat a trapped nerve in the leg.

How can a chiropractor help me?

As outlined above, a chiropractor will identify the exact location of the problem; whether it is related to a bulging disc between two particular vertebrae, or joint pain caused by injury.

The source of the problem will then dictate the treatment: if the problem is disc-related, some chiropractic adjustment may be needed along with some deep tissue massage to loosen up the surrounding area. If the problem is a muscular one, we may decide to start with the deep tissue massage to loosen off the areas that have locked themselves down to prevent further injury.

A few facts about leg pain

overuse of joints pain

Leg pain is mostly due to wear and tear, overuse or injuries in joints, bones or in muscles, ligaments, tendons or other soft tissues

leg pain from spine

Some types of leg pain can be traced to problems in your lower spine; they could be from blood clots, varicose veins or poor circulation

leg pain

It can range from a dull ache to an intense stabbing sensation

quick diagnosis leg pain

Getting a prompt diagnosis may prevent the pain from getting worse and improve your long term outlook

If you would like more information about our treatments or want to find out how we may be able to help you with a specific problem please call us on 020 7531 4444