Lower limb pain can be classed as any pain below the hip. Yo maybe experiencing pain into the gluteals, hip or down the back of the thigh, or further down into the calf’s or foot. Runners typically present with lower limb pain as a result of tight muscles and muscle imbalances. Typical symptoms can include:
Tightness of the musculature, before or after exercise
Pins and needles/ numbness
Difficulty/ pain upon walking/ running.
Pain upon ankle/ toe movements
How Osteopathy Can Help
When you visit the practice with lower limb pain, we will first ask you a full medical health questionnaire regarding your region of pain, your health and your previous medical history. If you have any previous or current MRI’s or X-ray results we will assess those too. We will then progress on to examination, which will involve looking at the whole of the body, not just the lower limb, so please wear appropriate underwear so we can see how your body moves as a whole. The aim of the examination is to evaluate what works and what doesn’t. This is done by asking you to move and by us moving you. When a diagnosis is gathered we will advise you of how we think we can help you and if appropriate commence with treatment there and then. Osteopathy uses gentle techniques such as joint mobilisation, massage, stretching and manipulation. It is likely that you will be sent home with some exercises too to continue the good work at home.
It is common for people to feel some relief after their first treatment at the practice, however for people with acute/ short term pain it is common to have a few visits with us, where as long term issues such as chronic pain or degeneration is is usual that a longer treatment plan will be needed to address the problem efficiently.