Hip, leg and foot problems are commonly the result of joint dysfunction and nerve interference in the spine, pelvis or lower limb. Our Chiropractors are trained to identify the cause, assist in its management, and give advice for prevention.
Why do problems occur?
[blue]Lumbar or sacro-iliac subluxation[/blue]
Malfunction of joints in the pelvis and lower back may interfere with nerves exiting from the spine, resulting in referred pain, numbness, pins and needles or weakness in the limb. Nerves to the blood vessels may be affected and cause hot or cold changes, or pain in the limb.
[blue]Malfunction or imbalance of other joints[/blue]
This may arise at the hip, knee, ankle or foot.
[blue]Muscle or tendon injury/imbalance[/blue]
[notice]Lumbar and sacro-iliac subluxation, malfunction of other joints and muscle/tendon injury most frequently arise from:
- Sudden trauma – may include injuries from sporting and car accidents, or from falls, knocks and jots.
- Over-use / excessive loading – resulting from repetitive stresses from work, poor posture, carrying school bags on one shoulder, sporting activities, poor bedding or sleeping patterns, incorrect footwear, etc.
Arising from abnormal function in other areas of the spine, organs of the abdomen or pelvis. Vascular disturbance may be a factor.
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 change.
Many common problems such as sciatica, bursitis, runners knee, recurrent ankle and knee strains/sprains, shin splints and metalarsalgia respond well to chiropractic management. Chiropractors recognise that poorly functioning joints of the spine or lower limb interfere with nerve pathways. This often leads to weakness, poor co-ordination and breakdown.
The chiropractic approach is to restore function by:
- correcting subluxations (ie. poorly functioning joints causing nerve irritation)
- improving muscle balance and strength
- advising on remedial exercises and preventive procedures
We believe that prevention is far better than cure. Regular chiropractic care helps reduce the likelihood of problems by assisting optimal balance and function of the spine and nervous system.
When consulted, we may examine the spine, hip, leg and foot. X-rays may be taken. The chiropractor may also examine other areas seemingly unrelated such as the upper back and neck. We are interested in your overall health and also recognise that your problem may be caused by instability in another area. A course of treatment to re-establish normal function will be recommended if it is considered chiropracic care would be beneficial. Exercises and advice on reducing the effects of physical stress may be given.
Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or surgery. Referral to other health practitioners may be made when necessary.
Recomendations for ongoing care may be given to assist in the maintenance of health and prevention of future problems. Health care requires constant attention, for maximum benefit.