Thursday, 12 May 2016

Leg pain is a very common problem

Leg pain is a very common problem. It could be because of cramp, injury, or any other cause.


Leg pain can be because of muscle cramp (also known as a charley horse). Common factors behind cramps include:

Dehydration or low quantities of potassium, sodium, calcium, or magnesium within the blood

Medicines (for example diuretics and statins)

Muscle fatigue or strain from overuse, excessive exercise, or holding a muscle in the same position for some time

A personal injury also can cause leg pain from:

A torn or overstretched muscle (strain)

Hairline crack in the bone (stress fracture)

Inflamed tendon (tendinitis)

Shin splints (pain right in front of the leg from overuse)

Other common causes of leg pain include:

Atherosclerosis that blocks the flow of blood in the arteries (this type of pain, called claudication, is normally felt during exercise or walking, and it is relieved by rest)

Blood clot (deep vein thrombosis) from long-term bed rest

Infection in the bone (osteomyelitis) or skin and soft tissue (cellulitis)

Inflammation in the leg joints due to arthritis or gout

Nerve damage presents with individuals with diabetes, smokers, and alcoholics

Spider veins

More uncommon causes include:

Cancerous bone tumors (osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma)

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: Poor the circulation of blood towards the hip that may stop or slow the normal expansion of the shin bone

Noncancerous (benign) tumors or cysts of the femur or tibia (osteoid osteoma)

Sciatic nerve pain (radiating pain down the leg) the effect of a slipped disk in the back

Slipped capital femoral epiphysis: Frequently observed in boys and overweight children between ages 11 and 15

1 comment:

  1. You are right that leg pain is a common issue. Every second person is suffering from this pain. I also have leg pain and was just thinking to consult acupuncturist at the domestic acupuncture Mississauga clinic. Actually I have heard a lot about this therapy so I am considering it for my treatment.