Do You Have Leg Pain? When To See A Doctor
Leg pain is distressing, especially if you haven’t determined the cause and a plan for relief. The leg is made up of an intricate web of bone, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves, and the potential for leg pain can be significant.
Leg pain can come in many forms, from sharp to dull or tingling, to burning, radiating or aching. It can come on suddenly as may occur with ligament or tendon injuries or a fracture, it can slowly build up over time, and can be chronic and persistent.
Many types of leg pain result from wear and tear, overuse, or injuries, but different causes can have similar symptoms. So it’s important to be evaluated by a specialist if your pain is interfering with everyday life.
Common Sources Of Leg Pain
Common sources of pain include cramps – sometimes called a Charley Horse – shin splints, hamstring strains and stress fractures, and can impact anyone – not just athletes.
Cramps, for example can be caused by physical exertion or dehydration or can be related to pregnancy or other medical circumstances. Stress fractures and shin splints can both be caused by overuse and repetitive force, such as that which occurs with running, jumping or any activity that puts weight on the legs. People who have osteoporosis or poor diet may also experience stress fractures due to bone weakness.
Many types of leg pain can be managed at home without medical intervention using a simple remedy known as RICE—Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Orthopedic specialists may also recommend over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen and naproxen, depending on the severity and nature of a patient’s leg pain.
If you have serious symptoms, such as swelling, signs of infection (fever, redness), or prolonged pain that won’t go away, it’s time to see a doctor. Difficulty walking, being unable to put weight on the leg or experiencing numbness or tingling, could also be an indication of something more serious like poor circulation, blood clots, nerve damage or tumors.
That’s when you should see the knowledgeable, experienced doctors at Orthopedic Centers of Colorado (OCC).
Many of our doctors specialize in treating leg pain and are highly adept at ruling out what is truly serious. Getting the right care for any type of leg pain is essential to get you moving again. Additionally, it can prevent serious complications later.
With thorough examinations and the use of advanced imaging that can include x-rays, CT scans or MRIs, the doctors at OCC can pinpoint the problem and make diagnoses in even the most complicated and rare conditions. Experiencing any type of leg pain doesn’t mean surgery is needed and conservative, non-invasive therapy is almost always the first course of action.
At OCC, the experienced leg doctors are highly sought after for their innovative therapies and evidence-based treatments. Patients benefit not only from the latest technological advancements and procedures, but from a multidisciplinary approach to delivering world-class compassionate care from diagnosis through rehabilitation. At OCC our goal is simple: to be your first and foremost choice for treatment of leg pain. Our offices are conveniently located across the front range and it’s easy to make an appointment. Find the provider that fits your needs and contact us today.