People are often surprised to learn that hip, knee, ankle and foot problems can be treated by a licensed chiropractor. In fact, a skilled practitioner can often deliver results that are both immediate and sustainable, without the medical risks and side effects that come with more invasive treatments.
The reason for this is simple: Chiropractics is designed to treat the whole body by addressing underlying causes rather than masking symptoms or subjecting the body to invasive surgeries which may be problematic in other ways. Of course there is a time and place for more aggressive forms of treatment—but chiropractics has a strong track of results, and as a patient, it’s worth your consideration.
Finding out what’s wrong with your hip, knee, ankle or foot
Sometimes people have pain, numbness, tingling, or limited range of motion in one of these areas. Sometimes they have a combination of these symptoms, or all of them at once. It’s tempting to think that the problem is entirely localized to hips, legs or feet—but in truth, problems in these areas of the body can often be traced to misalignments and nerve disorders elsewhere in the body, especially the spine.
Chiropractic treatment begins by assessing your symptoms and subjecting the relevant areas of your body to a series of tests. This diagnostic phase of treatment should include plenty of open communication between the practitioner and patient. X-rays and other imaging tests may also be considered if the patient hasn’t yet received an official diagnosis for the problem.
Spinal adjustments really can help!
When the spine is out of alignment, even to a very small extent, the effects can build up very quickly. Other parts of the body are almost always affected. A number of nerves extend down from the spine into the legs and feet—including, most notably, the sciatic nerve. When these nerves are pinch, irritated or inflamed by spinal misalignments, any area of the hip or leg (including the feet and toes) can feel painful and/or numb, with a limited range of motion.
Adjustments directly to the hips, knees, ankles and feet may also be necessary to correct the problem. These areas of the body are constantly under a great deal of stress. When joints slip out of alignment—for example a knee or ankle injury—the resulting inflammation can lead to long term pain and nerve damage. Sometimes people don’t notice the problem at first, or they think it’s been resolved after a few days. Later on, as symptoms persists, they wonder why the healing process isn’t complete. The fact is, a huge percentage of injuries and traumas to these areas of the body will require treatment in order to restore full function.
Moving toward a healthier future
The health of your hips, knees, ankles and feet is crucial to your everyday quality of life. People often don’t realize how important those areas are until something goes wrong. When something does go wrong, it’s smart to consider natural forms of treatment first. Your pain may be the result of muscular imbalances, joint problems or spinal misalignments. As trained and dedicated chiropractors, we help you to better understand the source of your pain, and treat it from the inside out.
Maintaining a healthy and pain-free lifestyle is not only about the adjustments you receive in the chiropractor’s office, but the decisions you make in daily life. There may also be factors (such as repetitive motion and bad posture) which need to be corrected in order to stay pain-free in the long term. A skilled chiropractor not only gives you the adjustments you need, but the information you need in order to keep you body in excellent condition.