What’s Causing Your Leg Pain?

What's causing your leg pain

A couple of weeks ago we ran a blog post on the most common causes of leg pain and it was pretty popular. So today we are going to explore even more causes of pain so we can help identify what’s causing your leg pain.

5 Causes of Leg Pain:

Electrolyte Imbalance

We will start with one that is fairly easy to correct should you experience electrolyte imbalance. Minerals like sodium, potassium, and calcium form electrolytes. When combined they help your muscles perform the way they are meant too. You lose electrolytes when you exercise, and if you sweat and lose too much, your muscles can cramp, go numb, or feel weak.

But it doesn’t just happen to all of those professional athletes on Gatorade commercials. It can happen to anyone working out, sweating while performing activities, or undergoing some medical treatments like chemotherapy. If you experience electrolyte imbalance you can try sport drinks or water and food that also have these same minerals. If you continue to cramp up, see your doctor.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

If you experience PAD, it typically means that your limbs aren’t getting enough blood to them.  If your arteries narrow (which happens with age), your legs may feel weak, numb, or cramp when you walk or exercise. Other symptoms usually include your legs feeling cold or slightly discolored.

If you are a smoker, you may consider quitting because it can lead your your arteries narrowing, and in turn, causing peripheral artery disease. Furthermore, your doctor may also give you medicine to treat the problem (with some needing surgery). PAD is quite painful for some and certain patients turn to regenerative medicine to help with their condition.

Spinal Stenosis

We’ve discussed spinal stenosis and the pain associated with it on a number of occasions. This condition occurs when the spaces between your spine bones narrow and shrink. This puts pressure on the nerves in the area – which causes pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in your legs.

Sufferers of spinal stenosis note a trouble with balance. If you experience this, you should see your doctor right away to check on your symptoms. Platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injections can ease your pain while physical therapy can help improve your strength. If all else fails, surgery may be required.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

When you have a blood clot in a vein, usually in your lower leg or thigh, it may causes deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Even if you don’t have symptoms, you may still experience pain, swelling, and warmth in your leg. A red discoloration is also associated with DVT, but isn’t as common.

It is important for you to call your doctor if you notice any of these. DVT may lead to pulmonary embolism – a serious condition where the clot separated and goes into your lungs. Treatments typically include medicine that keeps clots from forming, breaking off, and growing.

Peripheral Neuropathy

Someone who experiences peripheral neuropathy usually has damage to the nerves in their body. These nerves transfer messages to and from your brain. Most sufferers have a history of diabetes, but there are a number of other conditions, medicines, injuries, or infections that can cause it.

Those with peripheral neuropathy note a prickly, tingly, numb or weak sensation in their legs. Your doctor will treat the condition causing your pain and may recommend further medication or physical therapy if you need it.

If you are still trying to figure out what’s causing your leg pain, our staff at Metropolitan Pain Consultants looks forward to hearing from you. If you suffer from stress and back pain and still need help, you can contact us at (201) 729-0001. We offer weekday and weekend appointments. Our conveniently located clinics can be found in West OrangeAberdeenClifton, and Lyndhurst.

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