fbpx You’ll Never Guess Where Your Back Pain Is REALLY Coming From  

So you have back pain. It’s probably coming from your back, right? Or if it’s leg pain, is it safe to assume the problem is in your leg?  

No – not exactly. Referred pain, or pain felt in a part of the body that’s different from the source, is quite common – so common, in fact, that it can be difficult to make a definitive diagnosis at a typical healthcare appointment.  

There’s good news, though: Chiro One’s expert chiropractors are uniquely trained to take a holistic, full-body musculoskeletal assessment of your pain, and they specialize in getting to the root of the issue. Our chiropractors are highly skilled in uncovering the root cause of your longtime pain symptoms.  

Here are some of the most common referred pain conditions that our chiropractors treat:


Common Pain Conditions Image


Pulsing, heavy, burning pain

Did you know that headaches can be caused by inflammation or problems with discs in the neck? Nerve pressure and muscle tension in the neck can lead to pounding headaches.


Cramping, shooting, sharp pain

Plantar fasciitis may change the way you walk and stand, and this can lead to imbalances that cause low back pain.


Stiffness, sharp, burning pain

Many patients assume they have carpal tunnel syndrome, but their pain may stem from a nerve problem instead. Compression of the radial or ulnar nerve at the elbow, shoulder, or cervical spine can cause significant hand and wrist pain.


Sharp, stinging, throbbing pain

If you experience pain in the back of your thigh and down your leg, the pain could stem from the sciatic nerve.

“At Chiro One, we specialize in determining the cause of your pain and creating customized treatment plans that provide relief, so you can live your healthiest life.”

Dr. Jill Pickens, Chiro One Chiropractic Director

Top 2 Referred Pain Exercises to Try at Home  

Seeing a Chiro One chiropractor is a critical step toward reducing your referred pain levels. Before your appointment, we’ve got some stretching ideas for you to try in the comfort of your own home.  

The Simple Seated Stretch: Treats sciatic pain  

The Simple Seated Stretch: Treats sciatic pain


  • Sit in a chair with your feet on the floor and knees bent at a 90-degree angle. 
  • Raise one leg up and cross that ankle over the opposite knee. 
  • Bend forward slightly over the crossed leg, breathing deeply and holding for 15-20 seconds before releasing. 

The Soleus Muscle Stretch: Treats plantar fasciitis  

The Soleus Muscle Stretch: Treats plantar fasciitis


  • Stand facing a chair, about 3 feet away.  Take one step toward the chair.  
  • Place both palms on the back of the chair. Bend both your knees and lean forward.  
  • Make sure your heels stay pressed firmly on the floor.  
  • You should feel a stretch in the back of your calf and your Achilles tendon. 

Find a location near you 

With clinics in the following metro areas: ChicagoIndianapolisMilwaukeeMadisonVancouver, Northern Wisconsin, and St. Louis you’ll be able to find a chiropractor near you. Make an appointment to get started.   


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