What are the causes of leg pain? At first, when we experience leg pain, our thought comes to it being an injury or something simple. But, to what you may not know, leg pain may occur for various reasons, including some chronic health conditions such as heart disease or vein disease. A comprehensive diagnosis is critical to identify the exact cause of your leg pain and recommend a customized treatment plan. The Memorial Area leg pain specialists treat all types of pain through advanced pain management techniques. Keep reading to learn more about leg pain, diagnosis, and treatment.
What are the causes of leg pain?
As mentioned earlier, leg pain may result from different factors such as fractures, sprain injuries, and joint pain, among others. Leg pain can also occur due to existing health conditions such as venous insufficiency and circulatory problems.
In addition, leg pain can also come from lower back conditions such as herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and bone spurs. These conditions may cause the compression of the spinal nerves. For example, sciatica is a condition that develops when there is a pinching of the sciatic nerve.
A part of the sciatic nerve goes down to each leg to your foot, causing the pain to spread to your leg.
Leg pain treatments
To have an effective treatment for leg pain, your provider must identify the cause because the treatment is entirely dependent on the reason. Therefore, a thorough diagnosis is critical, including a physical examination and some diagnostic tests.
When the leg pain is from musculoskeletal issues, your provider may suggest physical therapy, prescribe medications, orthotics, or a brace to enhance pain relief.
When the above treatment options fail to alleviate your pain, the pain specialists at Expert Pain offer other advanced techniques to relieve your pain.
What are the available advanced treatments for leg pain?
- Nerve blocks
They are injections with anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties, injected into a nerve responsible for sending out pain signals to inhibit pain.
2. Lumbar epidural steroid injections
These injections contain a corticosteroid and mostly with local anesthesia. Your provider injects the infusion into the epidural space around the spinal cord in the lower back.
It is a sacroiliac joint fusion system that enhances the stabilization of the sacroiliac joints where the spine meets the pelvis.
4. DRG therapy
The dorsal root ganglion (DRG) therapy is a technique where your provider implants a device underneath your skin. The device sends out electrical impulses to reverse the pain messages going to the brain. The treatment is ideal for complex regional pain syndrome, which affects the legs.
It is an effective treatment for spinal stenosis. It involves opening up your spine to create space for the nerves and eliminate compression.
Leg pain can be hard to deal with and interfere with your movement, affecting your daily life. It can develop due to issues such as lower back conditions, circulatory problems, or injuries. Accurate diagnosis is crucial to identify the cause and design effective treatments. The team at Expert Pain offers practical and advanced treatments for leg pain to enhance relief and restore your health. Call the offices in Memorial Area today to schedule your consultation.