Leg Pain

by Anne Kosko
(Louisville, KY, USA)

I am experiencing pain in my left leg. Mostly down the side of the leg, sometimes into the calf and foot. Wakes me up at night, walking is very painful and range of motion and strength in the leg are limited. Went to a chiropractor who adjusted me - also took xrays. Lumber spine bowed out to right and colasped to left and pelvis out of alignment - seems torqued.

Still having some pain down the side of my leg and a little into my calf. No longer waking me up at night but I am still uncomfortable.

Has my chiroprator missed something or will I need a few more adjustments. He seems to think a couple of sessons should do it. He gives very vigorous, intense adjustments.

Hello Anne,
What ranges of motion are limited? Your back? Hip? Pain in the groin?

You probably have sciatica, but to confirm it, do the Slump test, use the Search this site function. Let me know.

If your leg is weak, and not only feels weak, that's an ominous sign. Test here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV-cdz8B18E

Frankly, I doubt a sciatica will get better in a couple visits. And if you don't start a rehab program it'll come back next week/ month. See our lower back exercises.

But, if you're feeling better, sleeping better, that's a very good sign. Stay with him until you are properly better. Rome wasn't built in a day. This definitely isn't a one treatment miracle condition.

Be careful, sit less. See our 50 percent less pain page.

With your spine bowed out like that, think about a short leg and an orthotic in your shoes. Read our leg length inequality page using search.

Dr. Barrie Lewis

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