Low back pain and associated numbness and tingling of the lower extremities is one of the most common complaints of chiropractic patients. These patients want to know exactly why their leg is going numb or tingling. There are quite a few reasons why the lower extremities will begin to go numb. Chiropractic services in Jacksonville at Schilsky Chiropractic Center can help individuals manage their lower extremity numbness.
Numbness and tingling of the lower extremities is a very normal symptom following an injury to the lumbar spine. Any numbness, tingling, or weakness of the arms or legs is associated with damage to one or more of the nerve roots. When an individual is suffering from weakness or numbness in their lower extremities, it can be traced back to an injury of the lumbar spine. Typically the damage is to the sciatic nerve which begins in the lumbar spine and travels into the legs.
Over time, the joints and foramen of the spinal column can become narrowed which can lead to impingement or compression of the nerve roots. This disorder is known as spinal stenosis. Disc herniations can also put pressure on the nerve roots of the lumbar spine. Bone spurs and tumor growths can also impinge upon the spinal column or specific nerve roots. Many individuals also suffer from facet joint syndrome which can impinge upon the nerve roots as they exit the spinal column. All of these disorders can cause numbness, tingling, or weakness down the entire nerve pathway.
Only a qualified medical professional can diagnose the underlying condition that is leading to the numbness in the legs. The doctors of chiropractic at Schilsky Chiropractic Center can help diagnose and manage your lumbar spine injury. Call today for an appointment!