When it comes to leg pain, there are a number of considerations, including the type of pain one is experiencing and its location. For instance, suppose an individual is experiencing pain and numbness in both legs. While the pain comes and goes, it is becoming more of a nuisance, often causing a throbbing and burning sensation. In this case and many others, obtaining an accurate diagnosis is key to establishing a suitable treatment to reduce pain and improve function.
Spine-Health suggests the following descriptive terms for patients that are experiencing leg pain:
- Describe the position of path of the pain as it radiates down the leg (if applicable)
- Explain the body’s position when the pain occurs
- Describe the type of sensation that accompanies the pain (i.e. aching, tingling, shooting, lancinating, burning pain)
- Take note of the frequency of the pain (Is it occasional? Is it becoming more frequent, or more constant?)
- What, if anything, helps the pain to feel better?
With a thorough physical examination, diagnostic tests such as an ultrasound, MRI or CT scan, and complete answers to the above-mentioned terms, specialists can begin to narrow down the possible causes of one’s leg pain.
Speaking of, the causes of leg pain are expansive, with spinal conditions, inflammatory disease, arterial disease and blood disorders as possible factors. Yet, because the legs carry the brunt of one’s weight, pain might stem from an overuse injury or muscle cramps. The most common reasons for lower leg pain, according to WebMD are:
- Tendinitis (particularly in the Achilles tendon)
- Broken Bones or Sprains
- Blood Clot (possibly Deep Vein Thrombosis-DVT)
- Varicose Veins
- Peripheral Artery Disease (more likely in those with Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Obesity)
- Nerve Condition (Spinal Stenosis or Sciatica)
Advanced Options For Managing And Treating Your Leg Pain
At Allied Pain & Spine Institute, our team of medical experts provides advanced options for managing and treating leg pain, no matter the source. Thus, if leg pain is bringing you down, don’t wait. Call our clinic today, and take the first step towards a better, more active life, minus your pain.
Posted on behalf of Dr. James Petros, Allied Pain & Spine Institute