Treatment for Leg Pain/Injuries
Leg Conditions Treated by Osteopaths
Leg conditions are common and often occur as a result of an injury. Some of these conditions, however, are associated with serious disease.
Leg conditions such as sports and musculoskeletal injuries are treated by an osteopath or a physiotherapist.
There are numerous conditions which affect the knee, foot, and leg, causing pain and discomfort. These leg conditions are mostly caused by overuse, injuries in the bones, tendons, joints, ligaments, and other soft tissues.
Types of Leg Conditions
This is pain which radiates from the back into the buttocks and the back of the legs. The longest nerve in the body is the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica is often caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniated disc. Compression of sciatica nerve from arthritic growths, joint inflammation or locked facet joint in the lower spine can also lead to the condition.
Individuals between 30 and 50 years old are likely to get sciatica. It may happen as a result of injury or wear and tear of the spine. This puts pressure on the lumbar discs whenever you bend or lift something.
This condition is associated with the degeneration of collagen in the tendon due to aging and overuse.
Tendon injuries are often caused by wear and tear to the tendon. Although anyone can have a tendon injury, individuals who are involved in sporting activities are more likely to damage their tendons. Too much pressure on the tendons makes it sustain tears which may lead to inflammation and swelling.
Myalgia or muscle pain occurs when the muscle becomes overstretched, leading to calf muscle tear, hamstring strain or thigh strain.
An overdose of exercise is also another common source of muscle strain.