It’s a weird feeling when a leg feels numb. It can make it hard to stand up, let alone walk somewhere or drive a car. Chronic leg numbness can negatively affect a person’s everyday life. Did you ever wonder why a leg can feel numb?
Think about the structures inside of you. There’s the lower back, where you’ll find the spine. You’ve got spinal discs which help support about 80% of your weight. There are also nerve openings. If and when these openings narrow thanks to things like arthritis you could end up with leg tingling, pain, and/or numbness. Meanwhile, if a spinal disc bulges in the lower back, you’re apt to get leg numbness, too, thanks to pinched nerve. The root of most leg problems starts in the lower back where the sciatic nerve originates. If you hear the term “sciatica” associated with your leg numbness, that means the L5 or S1 nerve root in the lower spine is irritated by a herniated disc. Leg numbness is a symptom of sciatica. Indeed, many people regularly consider sciatica and leg numbness as the same thing.
People with fibromyalgia may experience numbness in their legs. It’s called “paresthesia” and about one in four people with fibromyalgia deal with it. In theory, muscle stiffness and spasms cause muscles to press on the nerves. Blood vessels close up, meaning the blood flow is not as it should be, therefore resulting in numbness.
Have you ever felt your leg “fall asleep?” If so, then you’ve experienced leg numbness. Chances are, though, that it “woke up” quickly after you put some pressure on it to do so! However, some people have leg numbness that won’t easily go away. To have chronic leg numbness means they cannot feel pressure on it, and they can’t feel hot or cold.
At New City Chiropractic, Dr. Barker can use his hands and his knowledge of the body’s internal structure to get to the cause of your leg numbness pain using chiropractic care. Chiropractors are great at removing nerve interference, helping fix things like leg numbness by making spinal adjustments. Call Dr. Barker’s office today at 863-940-3444 to make an appointment.