Hip, leg and foot problems are commonly the result of joint dysfunction and nerve irritation in the spine, pelvis or lower limb. They can also be caused due to over-use, or direct trauma to the area.
Why do problems occur?
1. Lumbar (lower back) or sacro-iliac (pelvic) dysfunction.
Malfunction of joints in the pelvis and lower back may interfere with nerves exiting the spine, resulting in referred pain, numbness, pins and needles or weakness in the legs. Nerves to blood vessels may also be affected, and can cause hot or cold changes, or pain in the legs.
2. Imbalance of other joints.
This may arise at the hip, knee, ankle or foot.
3. Muscle or tendon injury/imbalance.
Lower back, pelvic or other joint imbalances or muscle and tendon injuries frequently arise from:
Sudden trauma – including injuries from sporting or car accidents, or from falls, knocks and sudden jolts.
Overuse/excessive loading – resulting from repetitive strains from work, poor posture, carrying school bags on one shoulder, sporting activities, poor bedding/pillows or sleep patterns, incorrect footwear, etc.
Injury and poor function of joints can cause premature wear and tear, leading to osteoarthritis. Correct joint alignment, mobility, and muscle balance are essential in preventing degenerative changes.
Our chiropractic approach
Many common problems such as sciatica, bursitis, runner’s knee, recurrent ankle and knee strains/sprains, shin splints and metatarsalgia respond well to Chiropractic management. Poorly functioning joints of the spine or limbs interfere with nerve pathways, leading to weakness, poor co-ordination and breakdown.
Our approach is to:
• correct poorly functioning joints causing nerve irritation,
• improve muscle balance and strength,
• and to advise on rehabilitative exercises and preventative procedures.
At Better Health Chiropractic, we will examine your spine, pelvis, hips, knees and feet. X-rays or other scans may be taken. A course of treatments will then be recommended to re-establish normal function. Treatments may involve muscle therapy, strengthening exercises, and specific chiropractic mobilizations/adjustments.
Ongoing care may be recommended to assist in the maintenance of health, and for prevention of future problems for maximum benefit.