The legs are some of the various parts of the body that experience stress and movement every day. After walking all day or going on a long hike, it’s normal to experience some tiredness in the legs. However, pain or discomfort in the legs, such as intense stabbing sensations or aches, can mean there’s an underlying cause or condition. Leg pain can have many causes, ranging from stress factors to injuries, to chronic medical conditions. Mild injuries may be temporary and usually heal within a few days. Chronic conditions or major injuries, however, may require medical attention and long term treatment.
Millions of Americans experience leg pain in the form of cramps. Cramps are often the result of muscle fatigue, dehydration, or the side effects of certain medications. Injuries can also lead to pain in the legs, especially if the injury is from playing sports or from a car accident. Leg injuries include:
- Tendonitis, or the inflammation of a tendon
- Muscular strains
- Shin splints, where pain occurs in the lower front part of the leg
- Stress fractures
If your leg pain is recurring and not the result of a direct injury, it may be the symptom of an underlying condition. Medical conditions can sometimes lead to leg pain, which may be mild or severe, depending on the case. Some conditions which commonly involve leg pain are:
- Varicose veins, also known as spider veins
- Deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot caused by long periods of inactivity
- Atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries
- Bone or leg tissue infection
- Nerve Damage, often the result of diseases such as diabetes
- Bone Tumors
- Congenital diseases and other conditions
Regardless of the nature or severity of your leg pain, a physician can work with you to assess the cause of your pain and suggest the appropriate treatment option. At Garden State Pain Control, our board-certified pain specialists are equipped to help you manage your pain. With various treatment options and pain procedures available, we can help find the right pain treatment for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to inquire more information.