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At 7270 College Parkway in Fort Myers A Review By Dr. Timothy Harcourt Summarizes A Vascular Cause of Low Back Pain

Nov 18, 2021 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

For the older adult, pain that radiates into the leg is a common complaint. This process, called neurogenic claudication, occurs when the spinal cord and/or nerve roots are pinched as they exit the arthritic spine (a condition called spinal stenosis). However, there is another degenerative condition that can cause pain in the legs called peripheral vascular disease, and it can be quite challenging to differentiate between vascular and neurogenic claudication.

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a slow, progressive narrowing, blockage, or spasm in a blood vessel that can affect any blood vessel outside of the heart including arteries, veins, or lymphatic vessels. This hardening of the arteries most often affects the legs and feet, although it can affect any organ, including the brain. The most common cause is atherosclerosis, which is the buildup of plaque inside the vessel wall that narrows the blood vessels in one or both legs. This depletes blood flow, and as a result, oxygen and nutrients can’t easily reach their intended destination. Other causes can include injury to the affected part, irregular anatomy of the muscles and ligaments, and infection.

The first symptom of PVD is typically painful leg cramping during exercise that is relieved with rest. This usually occurs after a certain length of walking time, which gets shorter as the disease progresses. This experience is similar to symptoms reported by patients with spinal stenosis, and as such, individuals with PVD may find themselves consulting with a doctor of chiropractic about what they suspect is a musculoskeletal condition. So how does a doctor of chiropractic differentiate leg pain from PVD from leg pain from spinal stenosis associated with dysfunction in the lumbar spine?

One study that administered questions to patients with either neurogenic claudication (NC) or vascular claudication (VC) found that specific symptoms could help in the diagnostic process. For example, if standing still does not trigger pain, NC could be ruled out. On the other hand, NC is likely if standing triggers or increases pain, bending or leaning forward relieves pain when symptoms are above the knees, and sitting provides relief. Patients with VC are more likely to experience leg pain down to the calf that is relieved by standing still. For a definitive diagnosis, a referral for more advanced diagnostics may be required.

Doctors of chiropractic frequently treat patients with spinal stenosis with neurogenic claudication and will refer a patient to a vascular specialist or their medical physician if PVD is suspected so the patient can be provided with appropriate care.

So, if you are experiencing back pain, lower back pain, or pain in the coccyx and type in pain management near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my back.”

Also, if you feel leg pain it may indicate things are getting worse and may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your back.  Some people will try stretching the lower back first to see if they get relief from their back pain.  Pain very low in the lower back may be originating from the coccyx or tailbone.  A pulled muscle in the back generally will get better with rest.  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional. 

Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at (239) 278-3344 and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.  So if you find yourself experiencing lower back pain while running or doing physical activities.

If you are suffering from back pain that is affecting your quality of life and allowing you to enjoy Fort Myers Beach. Come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway. 

Don't let back pain stop you from enjoying the beautiful SWFL!  Dr. Dr. Tim Harcourt is here to give you the relief you need.

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