The two most likely causes of leg pain are disorders of the blood vessels and musculoskeletal injuries. If you're experiencing leg pain, board-certified physician Pritesh Patel, DO, at Spine & Pain Institute of Texas in DeSoto, Texas, can help. Dr. Patel expertly diagnoses and treats problems like arthritis, chronic tendon and ligament damage, and referred pain due to nerve compression in your spine. To take advantage of the wide range of nonsurgical options available for treating leg pain, call Spine & Pain Institute of Texas today or book an appointment using the online form.
Leg pain can arise for numerous reasons, some related to circulatory problems such as chronic venous insufficiency and peripheral arterial disease. A blood clot in your leg (deep vein thrombosis) could also cause leg pain that requires urgent medical attention.
The other primary cause of leg pain is damage to your musculoskeletal system. This could be the result of an acute injury to the joints and connective tissues in your legs or wear-and-tear over the years.
The most common causes of musculoskeletal leg pain include:
Arthritic conditions cause joint pain due to the erosion of protective cartilage or damage to your joint linings. There are numerous types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis due to wear-and-tear and the autoimmune disorder rheumatoid arthritis are the most common.
Sprained ankles and knee injuries are common causes of leg pain. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears in the knee often affect athletes at all levels.
You could also rupture your Achilles tendon at the back of your lower leg, or develop tendinitis (tendon inflammation).
Conditions like spinal stenosis and herniated discs often cause nerve compression in the lower half of your spine. Pain from the affected nerves can radiate down your leg, as is the case with sciatica.
Determining why you have leg pain is vital to ensure you receive the right treatment. Dr. Patel has considerable experience in diagnosing the causes of leg pain.
Physical therapy usually forms the foundation of treatment for leg pain. It supports healing and keeps your body mobile while helping you avoid activities that could make your condition worse.
Medication might also be beneficial. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can ease pain and inflammation, or you might need specialized medicines like disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for rheumatoid arthritis.
When these approaches aren't sufficient on their own to resolve your leg pain, Dr. Patel provides additional treatments such as:
To get to the root of your leg pain and find solutions that work, call Spine & Pain Institute of Texas today or book an appointment online.