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Conditions that Cause Leg Pain

Conditions that Cause Leg Pain

When people experience pain in their legs, it can fall into two major categories: acute or chronic.

Acute pain comes on suddenly and is often caused by injury or damage to the bones, tendons or ligaments in the legs. Among the most common causes of acute leg pain are broken bones, ligament or tendon tears, or something as simple as growing pains.

Chronic pain is pain that occurs for several weeks, is not necessarily the result of a specific injury or trauma and does not go away even after conservative treatment options have been tried.

Causes of Chronic Leg Pain

When acute injury or trauma to the structures of the leg are ruled out as the reason for leg pain, physicians will begin to look for other causes. These include degeneration and inflammation, which in many cases go hand-in-hand—and don’t always have their origins in the legs themselves.

Examples of degeneration and inflammation in the legs include:

But sometimes leg pain is actually caused by inflammation and degeneration in the spine. This results in pressure on the nerves that serve the legs. Some of the culprits include:

Get a Leg Up on Pain

Thanks to advances in interventional pain management techniques, patients with chronic leg pain can get long-lasting relief without the need for surgery or hospitalization.

Minimally invasive procedures require only small incisions and can be performed on an out-patient basis. Skilled pain management specialists use x-ray (fluoroscopic) guidance to deliver targeted treatments of medications or special medical devices to the source of the pain.

These specialized interventions should be performed by a board certified pain management specialist who has the training and expertise to identify and deliver these treatments to the exact source of the patient’s leg pain.

Dr. Ioannis Skaribas is fellowship-trained and double board certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology. He has been performing minimally invasive treatments to address chronic pain for more than 25 years and is nationally recognized for his expertise in employing the latest advanced treatments such as LinQ™ and Vertiflex to help his patients with chronic leg pain.

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