November 30, 2015

Numbness In The Legs

Numbness In The Legs

The numbness of the leg is a common symptom of several diverse conditions. It is important to understand all of these conditions when trying to understand the symptoms of a condition.

Were you recently, in the near past, or years ago involved in an automobile accident, slip and fall, or sports injury? Or you might not have had any of these? Just from daily life or occupational overuse, lifting your childern, twisting and turning to reach into the back seat of your car can irritate the spine. There could be a displacement of a disk in the low back. This could have have happened years ago or yesterday. Then a small microtrauma such as stumbling or sneezing can inflame this area and lead to numbness and tingling in the thigh, leg, or both, thighs and legs. You should then consult with a chiropractor. They will give you an examination with neurological tests that can help with the diagnosis and then take x-rays if clinically necessary.

The numbness and tingling of the leg is called leg paresthesias, which is a pressure entrapment usually coming out of the spine. Nerve entrapment, which enduces leg parenthesias has to do with the nerves rather than just pressure. Nerve compression is when nerves are pinched or squeezed. Peripheral neuropathy which is a neurological symptom from the condition diabetes can affect the arms and legs. It could be something as simple as a nerve being pinched or cut off by sitting on a wallet in the back pocket of the pants that is in a bad position.

Remember leg numbness and tingling is a symptom of a condition, not a disease. There are many conditions that can lead to leg numbness. First rule out if in fact it might be a displacement of a disk in the low back. If the chiropractor can not help you they will know who to refer you to who can help.

Any type of numbness is usually indicative of neurological problems. Often leg, arm, hand, or foot numbness can be also be early signs of hidden misuse of medication. It is important to have numbness looked at as soon as possible because if left unchecked, it can result in highly debilitating or permanent conditions to the neurological system. Patients that experience leg numbness can experience numbness in a different limb such as the fingers or arms. If this is the case, neurological problems are almost certain to present themselves, or have already presented. If headaches or back aches accompany the numbness, neurological problems are far more likely. Consult with a chiropractor it is usually complementary.