Leg pain is one of the two most common types of chronic pain today. At AABP Integrative Pain Care, with offices in the Bensonhurst neighborhood in Brooklyn, Midtown East, New York City, as well as White Plains and Great Neck, New York, the team of experienced board-certified anesthesiology and pain management specialists offers minimally invasive treatments that can get you back to walking without pain. Call the office nearest you or schedule your appointment using online booking now.
Leg pain may stem from several different sources, including injury, overuse, and chronic disease. Some of the most common specific reasons for leg pain involve the nerves in your back and legs.
For example, a herniated disc or spinal stenosis (narrowing in the spinal canal) can squeeze a nerve that travels down your leg, causing sciatic nerve pain that radiates from the lower back down to the hip and through the leg. Diabetic neuropathy is another cause of nerve damage and leg pain.
Leg pain can also happen because of sudden injury, vascular problems, or repetitive stress such as long periods of standing every day.
Leg pain can cause aching, soreness, or sharp pain. It can happen either suddenly or gradually, and it may be continuous or intermittent. Some people who experience leg pain also have other issues such as:
When contending with severe leg pain, you may limp or otherwise alter your movement patterns. You may even need assistive devices like a walking cane or a rollator to get around.
The AABP Integrative Pain Care team approaches leg pain diagnosis using a whole-body approach. They look for the root cause of the leg pain so they can create a plan for healing and pain relief.
The diagnostic process generally includes a physical exam, medical history, and symptom discussion. The team may do a gait analysis to look for movement problems, and they may run X-rays or recommend other types of imaging tests.
Because leg pain frequently appears at the same time as back pain, hip pain, knee pain, or other kinds of discomfort, the team may perform specific tests on other painful areas too.
Leg pain treatment depends upon the cause of the pain, your treatment goals, and other factors specific to you. Some of the many different options that the AABP Integrative Pain Care team may recommend include:
In many cases, a combination of therapy types, like physical therapy, altered focus, and injections, is a good way to manage your leg pain.
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