Intermittent claudication and sciatics are leg pains having many causes such as disc herniation and spinal stenosis. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic’s chiropractic care offers a stalwart treatment plan to ease your leg pain, but we’ll also discuss the significant role of exercise to relieve and control your leg pain. We’re a team with the same goal: pain relief and prevention!
Sciatica – Leg Pain Due to Disc Herniation
OrthoIllinois Chiropractic knows you won’t believe it, but exercising when you hurt helps. It really does! In patients with leg pain due to a disc herniation, researchers find that patients who exercise get greater strength and flexibility and tell of less pain. (1) Really!
Now, one study introduces isometric exercise – exercising against resistance - at day 14 after leg pain onset. (1) Don’t be surprised if OrthoIllinois Chiropractic gets you started sooner with exercise. This passes some of the control to you. (Certainly, don’t do any exercise until we talk!) But you can help yourself, and we want you to do that. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is here as your partner in healing as well as the hindrance of future back pain as well as related leg pain. It’s your body and back ultimately!
Intermittent Claudication – Leg Pain Due to Peripheral Artery Disease or Spinal Stenosis
Intermittent claudication cramps not just your legs, but also your McHenry lifestyle! To improve walking, walking is recommended. We know, it’s obvious, but it works. But resistance training and weight lifting may also help enhance walking. (2) The intent of these exercise options is the same: get the blood flowing!
“But, Doc, I Am In Too Much Pain to Exercise.”
Oh how often we hear that at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic! We identify with that and feel for you. However, we have advice, a research-based suggestion no less! If you are in too much pain, think about exercising in the water. Researchers note that water exercise is less stressful on muscles. Not too surprising, but they documented it! So begin with aquatic back exercises and move to land as you feel less pain and strengthen your muscles. (3) Check out the McHenry pools near you. You’ll be glad you did!
Review these reference articles about the perks of exercise for leg pain relief. Chat with OrthoIllinois Chiropractic about the exercises appropriate for you, then try some water-based exercise and build up to doing them on land or the exercise ball.
We anticipate seeing your progress with McHenry's chiropractic treatment and exercise!
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