Common Causes of Leg Pain in Adults

When you are experiencing leg pain, it can be hard to enjoy life. Everyday tasks such as driving, sitting, sleeping, or walking can become daunting tasks. Leg pain can be chronic or acute, regular or intermittent, severe or mildly irritating. No matter the type, the cause of leg pain often originates in your back. For this reason, if you are experiencing leg pain, a visit to Carolina Orthopedic Specialists, now EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region, is warranted.

Explain Your Leg Pain Symptoms

On your first visit to the doctor, you need to explain in detail how the pain feels. Details such as when the pain first began and when it becomes most noticeable is important. Since leg pain usually presents itself in a number of ways, your doctor will want to know if any of the below symptoms are present.

  • Burning sensation
  • Throbbing
  • Feeling of “pins and needles”
  • Aching
  • Searing pain
  • Numbness

Common Cause of Leg Pain

One of the most common sources of back pain is sciatica. Caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, symptoms include numbness, tingling, and pain that run down your buttocks and through the large sciatic nerve on the back of your leg. Sciatica may occur infrequently, for example only when you perform certain movements, or it can be a constant companion. The good news is that the pain rarely results in permanent sciatic nerve damage.

While working to manage the pain, your spinal physician will seek to find the source of the sciatica. It’s rare that surgery is needed and usually only required when a herniated disk is causing the pain. For most conditions, a program of self-care is prescribed. Some of the most common treatments for sciatic nerve pain include:

  • Stretching, strengthening and aerobic exercises
  • Heat and/or ice applications
  • Pain medication such as ibuprofen to reduce swelling
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Surgery when deemed necessary

Serious Causes of Leg Pain

Spine specialists, such as the doctors at EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region, are experts in their field. Often, they can tell quickly if your leg pain is associated to your back and when necessary ensure that you get the proper treatment. However, at times, leg pain can be contributed to more serious and life threatening medical conditions. Conditions associated with leg pain that require immediate attention include:

  • Liver failure
  • Heart attack
  • Kidney disorder
  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot)
  • Osteosarcoma (cancer in the leg)
  • Broken bones

Other Causes of Leg Pain

Leg pain should be taken seriously, even if you suspect an uncomplicated diagnosis. When it comes to the pain you feel in your legs, it’s always better to be safe now than sorry later. Following an initial examination, it is likely that doctor will give you good news and send you home with an easy regimen to follow. Some uncomplicated conditions that cause leg pain include:

  • Overuse
  • Dehydration
  • Muscle cramps
  • Reaction to certain Medications

Visit EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region Today!

If you are experiencing unexplained leg pain, schedule a visit to the Spine Clinic at Carolina Orthopedic Specialists, now EmergeOrtho today. Our team of providers will work with you to diagnose, treat, and cure the underlying cause of your pain. Make an appointment at one of our five convenient locations or find an office nearest you.