Leg pain, whether chronic or acute, can be extremely debilitating and disrupting, and yet, it’s a very common issue. While there are a variety of conditions that cause leg pain, the most common cases actually stem from the lower back, where the nerves branch out from the spine to provide function in the legs, ankles, and feet.
Whether you experienced an injury to the spine or are simply experiencing a natural part of the aging process, it’s important to understand the root cause of your leg pain and possible treatment options for your unique condition.
Is a Spine Condition Causing my Leg Pain?
In most cases, leg pain caused by an underlying spine condition can be described as severe, sharp, and stabbing, or it can be limited to chronic aches and a feeling of numbness or tingling.
The most common spine conditions that cause the leg pain symptoms described above include:
To better understand what may be causing your leg pain, try our free pain assessment tool below.
Diagnosing and Treating Leg Pain
If you feel that your leg pain may be the result of a spine condition, it is best to undergo a full evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon, which may include diagnostic testing such as an MRI or CT scan.
Additionally, you can assist your physician with an accurate diagnosis by monitoring the type, duration, and frequency of your leg pain symptoms. While describing pain is often difficult, the more details that are provided allow the doctor to best understand your unique condition.
In most cases, leg pain often clears on its own or with the help of at-home remedies; however, if your pain is the result of an injury or has persisted longer than a few weeks, it may be time to seek professional medical treatment.
If more conservative treatment options, such as injections, massage therapy, medication or physical therapy fail to provide long-lasting relief, minimally invasive spine surgery may be recommended.
HOW Q SPINE INSTITUTE CAN HELP
If you have additional questions on how leg pain may be associated with a spine condition, or if you are suffering from leg pain that has become debilitating and is negatively impacting your daily life, please contact your doctor or get in touch with the experts at Q Spine Institute by calling (732) 660-8942 or or clicking the button below.