Upper Leg Pain

Where to Find Relief for Upper Leg Pain

If you suffer from upper leg pain and lower back pain at the same time, you are probably suffering from something called sciatica. This type of pain can be felt in the back and butt and goes all the way to the legs. The primary culprit of this pain would be the sciatic nerve, which somehow gets compressed and causes this upper leg pain that is dull, sharp, achy and needle-like (similar to low electricity voltages). This symptom is usually just due to underlying conditions such as herniated discs, subluxulation, pregnancy, tumours, child birth, tumour, or various non-spinal disorders that have been there for quite some time.

Several trivial events or things could cause sciatica, too, though. It could result from sudden trauma, like strenuous attempts of lifting; jolt of violent coughs or sneezes, or sudden rotational movements that could also result from cumulative and repetitive small trauma effects.

Because a lot of causes could exist related to sciatica, no single chiropractic method actually exists for its treatment. What chiropractors have to do is find out the cause of your sciatica before anything else through medical history reviews, neurological and physical examinations, MRI and CT scans, x-rays, and various other electro diagnostics tests. This would be essential for chiropractors to know how your sciatica should be approached and treated.

The overall purpose of treatment from chiropractors of sciatica would be to let the body heal alone. Basically, it would involve making the most out of the lower buttocks’ range of movement to allow better functions and get rid of any sciatic nerve pressure.

Because the body’s main part for treatment would be the sciatic nerve, the chiropractic therapy could also include various other plans of treatment to aid in speeding up the process of healing. As of now, three plans of treatment are included in sciatica treatment through chiropractors, as follows:

1. Cold Therapy
This makes use of cold packs to lower any sciatic nerve inflammation and stops the upper leg pain from being a bother.

2. Ultrasound
Through ultrasound, sound waves are produced which can go deep into the tissues and help improve an area’s blood circulation to reduce spasms, cramps, stiffness, swelling, and upper leg pain.

3. Electrical Muscle Stimulation
This makes use of low currents of electricity to aid in reducing muscles spasms and relaxing the muscles that surround the sciatic nerve. Spinal manipulation can also be put to use to correct pelvis and spine alignment. Spinal adjustments, most of all within the lumbar region, lower the nerve’s irritability which usually causes inflammation, upper leg pain and various other symptoms that are related to sciatica.


Because sciatica is merely a symptom of underlying problems, treating it comes with personal restrictions. For example, if the chiropractor decides that another doctor should see you first, any chiropractic treatment needs to be postponed for a while until the other doctor fixes the problem. Through chiropractic care, however, symptoms of sciatica can be reduced significantly.