You Don’t Have To Live With Leg Pain Any Longer: 5 Treatments That Could Help

There are numerous potential causes of leg pain, and the underlying cause of your pain is a critical factor in finding the most appropriate therapy to treat your pain. Often, patients come to Root Medical feeling as if they’ve tried everything, but they’re still in pain. If you feel like there’s no solution for your leg pain, you may be interested in some of the successful therapies we use.

1. Low-level laser therapy

Sometimes called cold laser therapy, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been used for many years to treat pain. Unlike lasers that heat your tissues that are often used in surgery or for aesthetic treatments, LLLT makes use of lasers that use light rather than heat.

The treatments are noninvasive and don’t cause pain. You won’t feel heat, vibration, or anything other than the device touching your skin.

If your leg pain is the result of a soft tissue injury, such as an injury to a tendon or ligament, or inflammation around a joint, LLLT may be a good treatment option for you. Although scientists have determined that the light from the LLLT causes a healing reaction in your cells, further studies are needed to understand how the therapy can be used in additional ways. Plus, there’s little to no risk associated with it, so all you have to lose is living with pain.

2. TENS

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, TENS, has been used for pain relief for millions of people. TENS has been used in various pain management since the 1960s, so it’s certainly a tried and true therapy.

When you have TENS therapy, small electrodes are attached to your body, and a tiny electrical current flows through them, stimulating your nerves. You may feel a slight tingling sensation or warmth, but it isn’t a painful therapy.

You may need multiple treatments to manage your pain. The small electrical current stimulates your body to produce endorphins, which are your body’s natural pain reliever. Common causes of leg pain that TENS may be used to treat include:

3. Chiropractic adjustments

A great many causes of leg pain can be treated through manual chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care ensures that your musculoskeletal system is aligned properly, meaning your bones, muscles, and the soft tissues that support and connect them can function smoothly and without pain or strain.

Your leg pain could be a result of a misalignment in your hips or spine. Chiropractic adjustments correct such misalignments and may be the most appropriate treatment to resolve your leg pain.

4. Stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy is a cutting-edge therapy that is bringing relief to many people. It’s new, and still being studied, but there’s ample anecdotal evidence that it works, and there’s little risk involved.

Stem cells are a type of cell in your body that have two unusual characteristics: They can become other types of cells, and they can divide almost endlessly. Stem cells are accessible in your blood, your fat tissue -- called adipose tissue -- and in your bone marrow.

When you have stem cell therapy, stem cells are extracted from your body, then injected into the area that needs to be treated. For example, if you have osteoarthritis of the knee, the stem cells would be injected into the area around your knee.

The theory is that the stem cells will transform into the type of cell you need -- like cartilage tissue in an arthritic knee -- and reduce inflammation and encourage tissue growth.

5. Bracing and traction

Bracing and traction may seem like an old approach to treating leg pain, but in some circumstances, it’s the most appropriate treatment. Bracing can provide stabilization, and traction can help ease pain that could be a result of another condition such a spinal stenosis.

Finding a therapy that relieves your leg pain can change your life because it means you’ll be free to do the things that you need and want to do. At Root Medical, we are happy to provide a consultation and suggest a treatment plan designed specifically for you -- to meet your needs and address your issues. Book an appointment online or by phone today!

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