Right leg. Left leg. Leg pain (aka sciatica) will affect either leg (and sometimes both). Southern New Hampshire chiropractic care at New Hampshire Spine and Sport helps ease leg pain and focuses on the spinal cause of the sciatica at the same time. New Hampshire Spine and Sport guides Southern New Hampshire leg pain and back pain patients to pain relief with chiropractic care.
SCIATIC LEG PAIN: Right Leg or Left Leg
You have heard of right-handed people and left-handed people, right? Sure! Did you know that the right leg grows longer in left-handed people and the left leg grows longer in right-handed people? Not all the time, but research documents this differeence. With this in mind, it is not surprising that there are more people with longer left legs (53%) than right legs (39%). Incredibly, only 8% of people have equal leg lengths. (1) How does that influence which leg will have sciatica? Discs will bulge into the concavity of the curve due to a variety of issues like uneven stresses on the anulus of the disc. The concavity of the spinal curve is on the long leg side. A right-handed person with a long left leg will likely have left leg pain. Another curious point: hip pain often arises on the long leg side, too: 88.9% long leg versus 11.1% short leg. Sciatica is the same: 78.5% occurs on the long leg side vs 21.5% on the short leg side. (2,3) Your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor can measure a short leg pretty easily by examining 3 things: iliac crest, the verticality of the spine, and levelness of the posterosuperior iliac spine dimples. Researchers stated that there is a strong relationship between visual and xray measurements. (4) Trust your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor to see a short leg…and take care of any related disc herniation sources of pain!
DISC HERNIATION RE-ABSORPTION WITH NON-SURGICAL CARE
A new study reported on 75 cases of ruptured lumbar disc herniation. 46 of the 75 cases had leg pain radiculopathy: 46 cases on the left and 29 on the right. (Makes sense now, right?) At 5 years follow-up after non-surgical treatment, a “reabsorption” phenomenon was seen. The excellent and good rate of disc reabsorption was 73.24%. (5) New Hampshire Spine and Sport provides relieving non-surgical care of Southern New Hampshire leg pain and back pain.
RELIEF FOR Southern New Hampshire LEG PAIN and BACK PAIN
And then recall the new paper regarding the benefits of chiropractic maintenance care: Maintenance care decreases the number of painful days for acute back pain episodes and raises the length of pain-free periods between back pain episodes in patients with recurrent and persistent back pain. (6) New Hampshire Spine and Sport is ready for those back pain and leg pain patients seeking fewer days with back and leg pain and those who would like to live life with fewer periods of leg and back pain.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Cameron McConville on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management eases sciatic leg pain radiculopathy as well as related back pain issues.
Schedule your Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment at New Hampshire Spine and Sport today to find relief from Southern New Hampshire leg pain and sciatica regardless of which leg is affected!