TESTIMONIALS

The side of my leg was numb all the time. Dr. Thiry found a bulging disc in my back. I was able to feel better with his treatment, and didn’t need surgery. I am so thankful.

--Anita S.

 

I had shooting pain in my right arm for a week. After seeing Dr. Thiry he explained what was wrong, how to fix it and how to stop it from coming back. I’m doing great. Thanks Doc.

--Chris W.

 

After lifting the lawn mower into the back of the truck I developed a burning in my lower leg. My medical doctor told me I had a pinched nerve and if it wasn’t better in 2 weeks come back to see him. A month later it was worse. Dr. Rob helped it go away in only a week of treatment.

--George S.

 

I have been having knee pain and ITband pain for the past month on all my runs. Dr. Thiry explained that my pelvis was rotated causing my gait to be off leading to extra stress on the lateral side of my right leg. With adjustments to correct the rotation in my pelvis and the Graston soft tissue technique for my ITband, I am running again and pain free.

Thank you Dr. Thiry

-- Lisa M

Personal Care Chiropractic Clinic: Leg Pain or Numbness/Tingling

Leg pain or numbness/tingling is usually the result of either nerve pressure or compromised blood flow somewhere between the low back and the feet. When a nerve is pinched it will usually result in shooting pain that travels down the leg. Often times it feels as though the pain wraps over the leg. This usually occurs down one leg but may occur in both. Nerve pressure may also result in a painful ache in part of the leg or sensations of numbness and tingling. When blood flow to the leg is compromised the result is usually numbness or tingling that may effect the whole leg or foot. These symptoms in the legs and feet may be alleviated by a change in position. The most common causes of nerve pressure or blood flow compromise to the leg include:

1. Bulging or herniated disc

2. Foraminal encroachment (narrowing of the holes where the nerves exit the spine)

3. Peripheral entrapment (pressure on the nerve or blood vessels away from the spine)

Leg pain, numbness or tingling can be very serious and should not be left untreated. Delay of care can result in permanent damage. Dr. Thiry has extensive knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of leg pain and numbness/tingling.

 

1. Bulging/Herniated Disc- is a condition where the soft inner portion of a disc bulges out the side or rear of the disc. A disc is the soft tissue that acts as a shock absorber and spacer between the vertebrae in the spine. When the disc becomes damaged or weak the soft center can push to the outer edges of the disc creating a bulge. In the more severe cases the disc may rupture allowing small pieces of disc that break free. The most common cause of disc herniation is the result of improper lifting, but may also occur in a spine with degenerative arthritis and weakened discs.

Symptoms- Include low back pain, stiffness, restricted movement, pain into the hip, pain into the leg, pain into the feet, numbness/tingling in the legs or feet, weakness in the legs or feet. These symptoms may be constant, or the may be present with certain positions or activities. Often the pain, weakness, or numbness/tingling are located in specific sections of the leg or foot, but rarely may consume the whole leg or foot at once.

Treatment- Dr. Thiry uses an extensive spinal and neurologic examination to determine the location of the damaged disc in the low back. In some case x-rays and MRI may be needed to further evaluate the extent of damage. If it is determined the disc and related symptoms will be helped with chiropractic treatment, Dr. Thiry will use his years of experience to determine the proper course of care. This treatment may include chiropractic treatment, lumbar traction, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, heat or ice therapy, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. In some cases the patient may need to be referred to another health care professional for additional care.

The Benefits of having the proper care is faster pain relief, expedited reduction of other symptoms and a reduced risk of having chronic symptoms lasting a lifetime.

 

2. Forminal Encrochment- is a condition where the holes on the sides of the spine become narrow or smaller and put pressure on the nerves which pass through them. The nerve pressure may occur with certain head positions or movements. The most common cause of foramina encroachment is spinal degenerative changes which leads to loss of disc height and bone spurs that protrude into the foramen. Both result in narrowing of the hole and potential nerve pressure.

Symptoms- Include low back pain, stiffness, restricted movement, pain into the hip, pain into the leg, pain into the feet, numbness/tingling in the legs or feet, weakness in the legs or feet. These symptoms may be constant, or the may be present with certain positions or activities. Often the pain, weakness, or numbness/tingling are located in specific sections of the leg or foot, but rarely may consume the whole leg or foot at once.

Treatment- Dr. Thiry uses an extensive spinal and neuroligic examination to determine the location of the foramial narrowing. In some case x-rays and MRI may be indicated to further evaluate the extent of damage. If it is determined the condition can be helped with chiropractic treatment Dr. Thiry will use his years of experience to determine the proper course of care. This treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, lumbar traction, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, heat or ice therapy, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. In some cases the damage is to severe and the patient may need to be referred to another health care professional for additional care.

The Benefits of having the proper care is faster pain relief, expedited reduction of other symptoms and a reduced risk of having chronic symptoms lasting a lifetime.

 

3. Peripheral Entrampent- is a condition where the nerves or blood vessels are pinched or pressured in an area away from the spine. This may include the hips and pelvis, muscles in the pelvis and legs, the path through the knee or the ankle. When the muscles in the hips pelvis or legs become tight or inflamed it may lead to pressure on the nerves or blood vessels that pass through them. The bones in the hips, pelvis, knee or ankle may be misaligned resulting in less space for the nerves or vessels to pass. Inflammation in these joints may also lead to nerve of blood vessel pressure.

Symptoms- often include pain or numbness and tingling into the legs and feet. Often symptoms will increase with certain positions or activities. These symptoms may also be relieved by certain positions. When the nerve is compromised symptoms usually are in specific parts of the legs or feet. When the blood vessels are pressured the symptoms often affect the whole arm or hand.

Treatment- Dr. Thiry uses an extensive low back, hip, pelvis, leg and foot examination to determine the location of the nerve or blood flow disturbance. Occasionally an x-ray or MRI may be indicated. If it is determined the condition can be helped with chiropractic treatment Dr. Thiry will use his years of experience to determine the proper course of care. This treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage therapy, Graston therapy, ice or heat therapy, extremity adjustments.

The Benefits of having the proper care is faster pain relief, expedited reduction of other symptoms and a reduced risk of having chronic symptoms lasting a lifetime.