Leg Pain Causes
There are many causes of leg pain, in this section we will touch on some of the sources and how we can help. Leg pain stemming from muscles, joints, or spinal discs are treated at Susquehanna Spine and Joint Center. If after an examination Dr. Staker determines treatment at SSJC is not appropriate, he will refer you to a medical specialty that can help.
Repetitive Stress and Workplace Injury
Leg pain from the muscles or hip joints are very common. The repetitive stress of heavy lifting or standing at a job all day exceeds what the muscles and joints can tolerate, causing injury. Our goal at Susquehanna Spine is to treat the muscles and joints through adjustments and rehab to heal the tissues and strengthen them,so they can adapt to your work environment. Dr. Staker will also instruct you on how to properly lift and stand through out the day to lessen the stresses on your body.
Discs Herniation and Bulges
Often times an individual’s leg pain comes from the lower back and not the leg at all. This type of pain is referred to “Radiculopathy” and means the nerves in the low back are inflamed, compressed, and or injured, producing the pain in the leg. The last few spinal discs are responsible for this insult to the nerves. The discs have degenerated or bulged from wear and tear, putting pressure or inflaming the spinal nerves. The discs need proper nutrition and oxygen to re-hydrate and heal. Only after the discs are healthy can the nerves heal, eliminating the pain into the leg. SSJC offers a unique treatment designed to increase the circulation to the discs. delivering more oxygen and nutrition to the injured tissue. The treatment consists of Spinal Decompression and Integrated Disc Therapy.
Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal itself from either a disc or ligament bulge or the vertebra. The leg pain is often in both legs and made worse by standing or walking. Susquehanna Spine and Joint Center treats stenosis by treating the spine with Spinal Decompression and Integrated Disc Therapy in attempt to stretch the ligaments and heal the discs. This will increase the diameter of the spinal canal relieving the pressure on the nerves. If the stenosis is caused from the spinal bone, Dr. Staker will refer you to an orthopedics for co-managed care.
Other Sources of Leg Pain
Some of the lesser common sources of leg pain are diabetes, blocked arteries and blood clots all of which need to be evaluated by a individual’s physician. The physician will conduct tests such as a laboratory blood work, nerve conduction tests, doppler ultrasound to test blood flow, and blood pressure measurements to further diagnosis the cause of your leg pain.
If you wish for an free evaluation at Susquehanna Spine and Joint Center, please call us a 717-681-0198 to schedule your appointment.