When you’re young and healthy, it can be easy to assume you’ll always move freely.  You really learn to appreciate mobility when you experience pain in your hips, legs, knees or feet.  Pain in the lower limbs can have a number of different causes, and many people suffer in silence until the pain starts to interfere with their daily lives.

Pain from injury or a chronic condition can not only make you miserable, it can interfere with basic daily activities and force you to take time off work.  Chiropractic can offer relief for many common causes of pain in these areas.

Many other treatment methods, including many medications, tend to give you relief by masking your symptoms.  This is fine for getting quick relief from pain, but pain rapidly returns, resulting in taking more medication, which can be toxic and lead to a variety of other health issues.  In some cases, masking the pain can even serve to aggravate the injury.

Chiropractic care works by treating the underlying cause of pain and by strengthening the affected area, so that pain doesn’t come back.  At your first appointment you’ll be evaluated by a chiropractor to identify the root cause of your problem so that a customised treatment plan can be developed to help you recover quickly.

Some common hip, leg, knee, and foot conditions that chiropractic can help with include:

  • Knee pain accompanied by groin stiffness which may indicate early stages of arthritis in the hip,
  • Pain, stiffness, or swelling of the knee arising from a torn meniscus.
  • Chronic knee pain accompanied by clicking or popping sounds from the joint when using the knee,
  • Heel pain, especially if it is most intense first thing in the morning which is typically caused by plantar fasciitis.  Even when other treatment options have failed, chiropractic care can be quite effective.
  • Weakness, instability, inflammation, restricted range of motion or stiffness in the hips, knees or ankles, all of which can often be helped by chiropractic.
  • Sciatica – Though this condition originates in the back, it can cause sharp or searing pain that radiates down the leg.
  • Restless leg syndrome – RLS is a nerve condition that can make it difficult for the sufferer to rest, as it causes discomfort or pain that is only relieved by moving the legs.  Causes of RLS vary between individuals but a chiropractor can recommend a course of treatment that can help you get a good night’s sleep.

Your treatment plan will be customised to your particular condition but some possible treatments include:

  • AMIT – This technique identifies and corrects muscle imbalances that lead to injuries, reducing healing times and the likelihood of recurrence.
  • Myofascial Release – This technique is frequently used to loosen muscles in the lower back, hips, and thighs.   Tightness in these muscles is a common cause of knee pain.  The treatment involves deep tissue massage and helps restore movement and ease pain.
  • Active Release Technique – This treatment is used to treat pain caused by a torn meniscus.  This is one of the most common sporting related knee injuries.

Don’t let pain hold you back.  Chiropractic is an effective treatment option that safely and adequately treats the underlying causes of your pain without drugs or surgery.  If you’ve been struggling with pain in your hips, legs, knees, or feet, call Melbourne chiropractors, Lygon Chiropractic now on (03) 9381 1991 to arrange an appointment to find out how chiropractic can restore your mobility so you can get your life back.  Don’t continue to suffer, call today.