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Groin pain or an acute hip flexor sprain or a “pulled groin muscle”
can be difficult to isolate as to what is causing the problem as lots of areas can refer pain into the groin.
Often, people think of it as simply a muscle or tendon sprain and assume it will go away on its own. It is true that the pain often does resolve in days or weeks. But the underlying imbalance in the spine remains and can cause future episodes of groin pain or low back pain.
The reason for this is that the groin muscle (iliopsoas) is a large one that goes from the front of the hip to the inside of the pelvis and on to the inside of the spine. Its upper part, the psoas muscle, is attached to every bone and every disc in the low back up to and including the bottom of the rib cage. It even has attachments to the diaphragm, which can cause pain on deep breathing, coughing, or sneezing.
If you have strained your groin this may be an overuse, overstretch type scenario during running or jumping type activities. This causes local inflammation and maybe a mild tear.
The spine can compensate for imbalances set up by abnormal tension in the iliopsoas muscle, so the pain goes away. The imbalance remains, however, and can lead to more frequent episodes of a pulled groin, or recurring low back pain and spasms.
In time, degenerative arthritis or disc problems can arise from chronic abnormal movement in the spine.
If you have a had a pulled groin, consult your family chiropractor. A current episode of groin pain can be significantly shortened and future problems prevented. Even if you aren’t experiencing pain at the time, your chiropractor can find and correct the related imbalances and prevent future problems.
Pain in the hip can come directly from the hip joint itself or it may be experienced in the hip joint as a referred pain from a problem somewhere else. Referred pain is pain that travels along a nerve that comes from the back. The referred sensation of pain is felt in an area where the nerve travels or ends, but not necessarily from the point of the back where the nerve is being pinched. On the other hand, pain that comes directly from the hip joint can be from inflammation due to injury (Sprains, strains, and fractures), arthritis, infection, or in rarer cases, malignancy (cancer.)
One example of referred hip pain is a pinched nerve at the low back. Pinching of this nerve commonly causes referred pain into the hip. The hip joint will ache or burn or may even experience sharp pain; however, the joint itself should not be overly tender to touch or swollen. Because the pain signal originates in the back, bending the spine to one side may relieve the pain while bending the spine to place more pressure on the nerve may worsen it.
True hip pain (pain from the hip joint itself) can be caused from an acute (usually accident related) or a chronic (usually arthritis related) condition. The treatment goal for an acute hip injury is first to control and reduce the swelling. After the swelling is controlled, the next phase is to help restore the mobility and return the proper function of the hip joint and leg. The goal of treatment of a chronic hip condition is to try and determine what caused the hip joint to become symptomatic, relieve or eliminate that cause, and rehabilitate the hip joint.
A Doctor of Chiropractic has the training and equipment needed to help determine if your hip pain is coming from a pinched nerve in your spine or directly from the hip joint, itself.
Acute hip injuries can be initially difficult to treat as the actual hip joint resides a few inches beneath the level of the skin. This makes it difficult to ice the area well enough to control swelling. Care must be taken not to extend the use of ice past twenty minutes to avoid the consequences of ice injury (frostbite).
Passive hip range of motion can also be very beneficial to reduce swelling. The application of passive motion is only to be done with an appropriate device or administered by a trained professional. Ask your chiropractor about the use of passive motion to help reduce swelling.
Chronic hip pain requires proper history, examination, and diagnosis to determine a course of treatment. A chiropractor can perform these procedures and will recommend a suitable treatment program for your condition. Your chiropractor may also outline goals and recommend changes in lifestyle to help reduce the chances of a re-injury and to better manage your present complaint.
Stretching and exercises can also be added at the appropriate time to protect against future re-injury. Nutritional supplements may also be recommended.
Hip problems whether acute or chronic can both benefit from supportive care. Proper exercise, stretching, nutrition, and support can all aid in your recovery and enhance your functionality. The goal is to stay active but not create pain in the joint. Pain generally goes hand in hand with swelling and swelling leads to bone loss in the joint (osteoporosis) create calcium deposits around the tendons and joint (tendonitis and arthritis) and reduces mobility. Your chiropractor will work with you with a number of recommendations to help you maintain mobility while minimizing joint irritation.
Pain, numbness, or tingling in the legs affect most of us at one time or another. In many cases, these symptoms are caused by overuse of the leg muscles; for example, while engaging in sports or other strenuous exercises. Leg pain of this sort tends to be short-lived, presents itself in the form of cramps, muscle pain, weakness or spasms, and goes away by itself after a period of rest.
But many people experience chronic leg pain, meaning that it occurs often, and for long periods of time. If you experience this kind of leg pain or numbness, there may be more serious causes of it, and you should consult a chiropractor to determine what the cause is and treat it.
Chronic leg pain may be caused by many problems, not all of them originating in the legs themselves. For instance, many problems that present themselves symptomatically as pain, numbness or tingling in the legs originate in the lower back. That is the location of the sciatic nerve, and if it is being irritated as the result of a structural problem in the spine or surrounding tissues, the pain can radiate along the path of that nerve to the legs.
Common symptoms of leg problems that originate in the lower back include a burning pain that seems to travel from the lower back or buttocks to the legs, often described by patients as “electric” jolts or shocks. This condition is often caused by an irritated sciatic nerve, and is commonly referred to as sciatica.
Numbness or a tingling “pins and needles” feeling in the legs can also have their source in the lower back, as the result of a herniated lumbar disc, or because of poor circulation caused by pressure on the tarsal nerve. It can also be the result of spinal stenosis, caused by a narrowing of the spine and the resulting compression of (and pressure on) the spinal cord and nerves.
There are many possible causes for chronic leg pain. Fortunately, almost all of them can be successfully treated by a chiropractor, but first they must be properly diagnosed. This requires an examination not only of the legs but of the back and the spine. If you are experiencing leg pain, tingling, or numbness on a regular basis, see a chiropractor. Left untreated the leg pain can become far worse and effect your overall wellbeing.
“Help! I have pain in my knees and I have been told there is nothing I can do apart from taking painkillers and rest.”
The most common complaints of Knee pains relate to ‘wear and tear’ or osteoarthritis and although a condition such as osteoarthritis is not curable, the symptoms can be reduced and the progression of the problem can be helped thanks to Action Health Centres’ unique approach to treatment.
Chiropractic treatment may well be the answer if:
- knee pain is limiting your day-to-day or sporting activities,
- you have been given painkillers and been told to rest with no long-term improvement, or
- you have been told you have arthritis and there is nothing that can be done?
Sciatica is a severe pain in the leg caused by compression, irritation, or inflammation of the sciatic nerves, which are thick nerves extending down the back of each leg. Each sciatic nerve consists of five smaller nerves extend from the lower spinal column, and then join together and travel down the legs. The sciatic nerves divide into tiny smaller nerves travel to the knee, foot, toes, calf, and thigh. The inflammation of any of these nerves is called sciatica.
People with sciatica can sometimes experience shooting pains down the leg and into the foot and toes, and other times a dull ache or numbness. Sciatica is caused by many things. Sitting at a desk for long periods of time in one position can exacerbate the pain. Exercise can make the pain worse. Tennis or golf and other twisting activities can cause sciatica pain to flare up. Sometimes, the pain may be in both legs, and other times it may alternate from one leg to the other.
Causes Of Sciatica
The sciatic nerve is very long, so there are many places along its length at which the irritation may occur. One place is the lower back. Often, a misaligned low back bones (lumbar vertebra) puts pressure on the nerve, causing the pain. This misalignment is called a subluxation.
Disc herniation can also cause sciatica.
Discs are the “shock absorbers” between the vertebrae of the spine. They are cartilage-like cushions that occupy the spaces between the vertebrae which allow the back to turn and bend normally. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, or from a fall, one or more of your discs may now be bulging out one side of the spine. This is what is called a “slipped disk,” or disc herniation.
Sciatica usually begins as an sharp pain in the lower back. Eventually, the pain stretches down the back of the leg, and gets worse when you sit or stand in one position for a long period of time.
Treatment For Sciatica
Medical doctors normally treat this condition by loading patient up on pain killers, telling the patient that the condition may go away naturally. This seldom happens, and the net result is that the patient’s liver, kidney, or stomach lining, are damaged by the long-term use of drugs. The better approach is for the chiropractor to locate the source of nerve irritation, and then relieve the pressure on the nerve, allowing the body to heal itself naturally.
Ankle, Heel and/or Foot Pain
If you have ever twisted your ankle, you might still have some weakness, which could still be causing problems.
The most common injury to the ankle is turning it in, such as when playing sports, walking on uneven ground and wearing high heels and turning it over by stepping on a stone or the edge of a kerb. This is the most common ankle sprain.
Occasionally the end of the bone on the outside of the ankle breaks but more often the ligaments of the ankle on the outside and front and get torn and produce massive swelling and bruising.
It can take 4 to 6 weeks to recover from the immediate injury but, the ligaments very rarely repair satisfactorily and often become full of scar tissue, which is not elastic.
This increases the likelihood of rolling over again and several further sprains. Such repeated traumas will influence the mechanics of the ankle and cause problems in the joint and the structures above, such as the knee and spine.
These usually tend to become obvious after jogging or long walks, especially on uneven ground, but as the symptoms may be in a distant joint, you do not necessarily think of that old ankle injury being the origin of it.
Chiropractic treatment can help to prevent chronic and recurrent problems.
Your chiropractor will, by careful case history and examination, be able to discover the cause and remedy it accordingly.
Pronation of the Feet
Chiropractors recognise that this can be caused by a weakness in the calf and foot muscles and produces distortion such as flat feet, bunions, hammer toes and widening of the fore foot.
Although pronation is often a consequence of ankle instability, it can occur on its own through various other factors such as prolonged standing, bad shoes or inherited tendencies.
Much is now known about foot pronation and many chiropodists or podiatrists treat it with insoles or orthotics.
It is also important, to deal with any mechanical and muscle imbalance problems that exist and your chiropractor is ideally suited to diagnose and treat the problem. The chiropractors will also advise you on the correct shoe wear and on the right type of exercise to help the condition.
What is “Flat Feet”?
The feet have two arches, one on the inside and one of the outside of the foot, allowing for correct propulsion.
Wearing shoes on even surfaces means the arches of the feet do not get used for shock absorbance. The muscles weaken and eventually the arches drop, causing the person to become mildly ‘knock kneed’?.
This puts more pressure on the inside joint of the knee and can result in arthritis and cartilage problems.
An assessment by the chiropractor will determine if the arches have dropped. If they have, this can be addressed by exercises to strengthen the muscles and use of arch support.
Nerve irritation in the lower back can often cause weakness in the legs, therefore, Chiropractors will also assess the spine as a possible source of the problem.