Leg pain doesn’t feel the same for everyone. It can come and go — but chronic pain may be a warning sign of a serious issue. If you’ve tried at-home care, it might be time to call a specialist. Pain Medicine Consultants is home to a team of expert physicians who trained at Stanford University, Harvard University, and the prestigious Mayo Clinic. The practice’s offices are conveniently located in Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, and Novato, California. Give yourself peace of mind about your leg pain by calling or scheduling a consultation online today.
Leg pain doesn’t feel the same for everyone. It may feel dull, sharp, or numb, or cause a burning, tingling, aching, or radiating sensation. Leg pain can be long-lasting and persistent, or it can acute — coming on suddenly and lingering only for a short time.
Leg pain can be brought on by a variety of causes related to your muscles, veins, and nervous system. At-home treatment can often help with leg pain. But lasting or sharp pains can be a warning sign that something is seriously wrong.
Most cases of leg pain are due to ordinary wear-and-tear or overuse. Another common culprit is an injury in your bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, or other soft tissues.
In some cases, problems with your lower back, blood clots, poor circulation, or varicose veins can result in leg pain. Many conditions are linked to leg pain, with some causes more common than others. Causes include, but aren’t limited to:
Sciatica, spinal stenosis, and stress fractures also can bring on leg pain.
For leg pain from a sports injury, you may be able to ease some of your symptoms at home by resting, elevating your leg, wrapping the painful area in an elastic bandage, and applying ice for 20 minutes at a time. Over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help with the pain and inflammation.
If you’re still in pain after three days of at-home care, it’s time to call on the expertise of the pain management team at Pain Medicine Consultants.
To diagnose the cause of your leg pain, your doctor takes a full medical history and performs a physical examination, and they may order tests, such as blood tests, X-rays, an MRI scan, or CT scan. Depending on your diagnosis, the team at Pain Medicine Consultants recommends a treatment plan that’s right for you. Your treatments may include one or more of the following:
If you’re ready to put leg pain behind you, call today or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation with Pain Medicine Consultants.