Leg Pain in New Jersey
Tingling, cramping, sharp pains and aches are all types of leg pain that affect the way you walk and even how comfortable you are while sitting. Located in Totowa and Lafayette Township, Performance Rehabilitation offers the most advanced treatments in New Jersey for patients living with leg pain.
What is Leg Pain?
Leg pain can take on a number of forms, such as:
- Aching, tingling, sharp, or stabbing pain
- Constant pain
- Pain that appears and then disappears
- Gradual or sudden onset
- Localized or generalized
- Pain that affects the entire leg or certain parts of the leg
- Severe leg pain that impedes walking and standing
What are the Causes of Leg Pain?
A variety of things can cause leg pain, including injuries to the bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, soft tissue, or tendons in the leg. When an individual has varicose veins, poor circulation, or blood clots, he or she will likely experience pain in the legs as well. Also, leg pain can be a result of problems in the lower back.
Common Causes of Leg Pain
One of the main reasons a person will experience leg pain is because of a muscle spasm or a cramp. This is commonly known as a Charley horse. Dehydration, some medications, and muscle fatigue can cause leg cramps.
The following injuries can lead to leg pain:
- Tendonitis, which is an inflamed tendon
- Shin splints, which is pain in the lower front of the leg
- Stress fractures
- Muscle strains
Some of the medical conditions that can lead to leg pain include:
- Deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot that comes as a result of long periods of bed rest
- Nerve damage, which can result from a condition such as diabetes
- Atherosclerosis, which causes the arteries to harden
- An infection in the tissue or bones of the leg
- Varicose veins
Other Causes of Leg Pain
Other conditions that may cause leg pain include:
- Osgood Schlatter’s disease
- Malignant tumors in the leg bones
- Corticosteroids and the use of other medications
- A slipped disc in the spine
- Slipped capital femoral epiphysis, which typically occurs in overweight children
- Cysts or benign tumors
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, which is most commonly seen in young boys
What are the Symptoms of Leg Pain?
Leg cramps usually last for just a couple of minutes. They occur when the muscles spasm. They typically are present in the calf at the back of the lower leg.
Besides experiencing leg pain because of an obvious injury, leg pain may also come as the result of musculoskeletal, nerve, or blood vessel issues. Individuals may experience a tightening sensation during a cramp. Leg cramps are common among older individuals and usually happen at night. It has been estimated that at least a third of individuals who are over 60 years old experience this problem.
If an individual is experiencing leg pain because of an injury, some of the other symptoms he or she may experience include bruising, swelling, and leg tenderness. It may also be impossible to walk on the affected leg. If an individual is experiencing leg pain because of inflammation or an infection, fever, joint pain, back pain, skin redness, leg swelling, swollen lymph glands in the groin, and swollen joints might also be noticed.
How is a Leg Pain Diagnosed?
Leg pain can have many causes and accurate diagnosis is key to resolving your problem. Your medical doctor will often see you first and rule out systematic pain from such things as diabetic neuropathy or cancer. Our physical therapists will work with you to differentiate the cause of your pain through tireless assessment and re-assessment. Determining if the pain is from lumbar radiculopathy, hip dysfunction, knee pathology, or from poor foot mechanics are just a few of the causes of leg pain. In the session, positive changes are noted, and a treatment plan is developed that is specific to your problem.
If you have difficulty walking, running, standing or sitting due to leg pain, we can help! Contact Performance Rehabilitation to schedule a consultation at our Totowa or Lafayette Township office in New Jersey.