Leg pain is one of the most common problem that affect people’s day-to-day life. It can occurs on several areas of the legs such as the calf, foot, ankle, thigh and more. In addition, the pain can range from a dull ache to an intense stabbing pain. There are a few common cause of leg pain, which includes leg cramp, shin splints and minor injuries.
In most cases, leg pain only last for a short period of time and can be ease with some home remedies. However, if you are experiencing severe and persistent leg pain, you should always consult a doctor or physical therapist such as a chiropractor as the leg pain might be caused by some other more serious medical conditions.
There are numerous conditions that can cause inflammation of the component of the legs such as the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves or the skin. These inflammations can then lead to pain experienced by patients. In some cases, people experience leg pain due to an injury during vigorous activities such as football and rugby tackle. Furthermore, excessive exercise can also lead to leg pain and this is commonly known as Shin splints. Some more serious causes of leg pain include deep vein thrombosis, tumours and arthritis.
During your initial consultation, your chiropractor will first take a detailed evaluation and physical examination to determine the cause of your leg pain. Imaging such as X-rays, MRI, Ultrasound and CT scan might be used to further assess the condition. After a proper diagnosis has been made, your chiropractor will come up with a few treatment options can select the best option for your condition. There are numerous treatments that a chiropractor can provide to help with your leg pain and it depends on the severity of your leg pain. A few commonly used treatments include ice/cold therapies, low level laser, trigger point therapy, dry needling and electrical muscle stimulation.
Ice/Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy works by limiting blood flow to the injured area, thus significantly reduce inflammation and swelling of the area. In addition, it can temporarily reduce the nerve activity around the area. Overall, the pain intensity will reduce significantly without having to consume any pain-relieving drugs.
Ultrasounds works by releasing sound waves that will produce gentle heat into the deep soft tissues to help increase blood circulation and reduce muscle cramping, spasms, swelling, stiffness and sciatic pain.
Dry needling involve inserting several filiform needles into the skin. It helps releasing knots and relieve any muscle pain or spasms. It will not cause any pain to the patient as the needle used is very thin and short.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
Electrical muscle stimulation is a machine that will produce variable intensities of electrical current through your muscles to relieve muscle ache and reduce muscle spasm. During an EMS treatment, patients will usually feel some tingling sensations but rarely painful.
At Lakeside Chiropractic, our trained chiropractors are professionals that will provide you with the treatments that are best suited for your leg pain and we utilise low level laser technique that will help reduce any inflammation or irritation that might be causing the pain. Lakeside chiropractic is located in Joondalup in Perth’s north and has visitors from many different suburbs including, Padbury, Kinross, Mindarie, Sorrento, Iluka, Carramar, Currambine, Tapping, Pearsall, Hocking and Woodvale. HICAPS Facilities available on site for major private health insurers (NIB, HCF, HBF, AHM, HCI and HIF) and also a part of the Medibank preferred practitioner and BUPA Members first network. If you would like to discuss any concerns, have any enquiries or wish to book an appointment; feel free to contact one of our friendly staff on 9300 0095 or visit our website at www.lakesidechiro.com.au