Burning buttock deep ache leg tightness burning shin and lateral lower leg

by Sonia
(Vancouver, British Columbia Canada )

Pain in buttock right side, deep groin pain, hamstring tightness, burning lower leg shin and lateral lower leg. I was going to a chiropractor to treat my hip issue and he did ART of my iliopsoas muscle then I went dancing in heels for 5hours a few days later.

For three 3 years now I've had severe pain. Unable to exercise without pain. I tried a chiropractor but it caused burning in my spine with twisting adjustments.

Tried physio, acupuncture and trigger points, right side is mostly all my issues. Myofascial pain vs piriformis? Negative Mri.

Also right labral hip tear dx 6 years ago? Are these related and what do you suggest?

Thank your for writing, Sonia, because this raises several issues that will be important to all readers.

Firstly, the good news is that the MRI is negative. That makes a huge difference and means real healing is possible; the downside is that you've had this for three years; that means you have chronic inflammation and this has to be treated from different perspectives; chiropractic, or other, disciplined exercise regime, diet, and an acceptance that some activities are just not allowed; like using the vacuum cleaner, and running for example.

1. There are other types of chiropractic manipulation than twisting adjustments; look for someone who does Thompson drop or activator.

2. A disciplined set of exercises done every single day, we prefer them to be done before arising from your bed, is non-negotiable; you have to help yourself.

3. What you eat, or don't include may be central to inflammation in your body. Look up oleocanthal for example using the site search function at Chiropractic Help. Even if it does not provide the desired result, it will help your overall health.

4. Moving the deep freeze, the grand piano and turning mattresses must become history; examine your lifestyle and find out what aggravates the injury.

Is the Slump Test for Sciatica positive? Sit in a kitchen chair, flex your head onto your chest and then ask someone to straighten first your left leg, and then the naughty one; is it much tighter? Then you have to look to your lower back, and perhaps the sacroiliac joint as well.

All in all it's complex and what's good is that you are starting to think for yourself.

One last point, for you it's history, but for other readers very important. After a chiropractic adjustment the spine is vulnerable for a period. Dancing for five hours when you were suffering from these symptoms wasn't the smartest thing to have done. History; forget it.

I hope this contributes in some small way, Sonia.

Dr B

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1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

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Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

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And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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