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Leg Pain

Leg Pain

Leg Pain Services located in Atlanta, GA

Leg pain can make working, sleeping, and completing daily tasks difficult. If you have leg pain that doesn’t improve or gets worse, visit Kevin McCowan, MD, and Carisa Hines, MD, at Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. These pain management specialists find the cause of your problem and provide treatments that reduce your symptoms. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online for high-quality leg pain treatment.

Leg Pain Q & A

What’s causing my leg pain?

Blood circulation problems often cause leg pain. These include chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), which causes varicose veins; peripheral artery disease (PAD), where your leg arteries narrow so blood doesn’t flow properly; and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in the leg veins.

Neuromusculoskeletal conditions are the other leading causes of leg pain. These can be injuries or diseases affecting the:

  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Cartilage
  • Nerves

Leg pain that suddenly appears can result from a muscle or tendon strain, ligament sprain, or cartilage damage. Dislocating a leg joint or fracturing a bone causes immediate, severe pain and often a visible abnormality.

Overuse injuries include tendinitis (inflamed tendons) and bursitis (inflamed bursae — the fluid-filled sacs cushioning your joints). These injuries develop over time due to repeated stress.

Chronic (long-term) leg pain can be caused by arthritis, which damages the joints. Back problems like sciatica (sciatic nerve compression in the lower spine) can cause pain that travels down the leg.

Fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and similar pain conditions often cause chronic leg pain. Heavy physical activity, immobility, and prolonged standing can also hurt your legs.

When should I see a doctor about my leg pain?

Seek immediate medical attention if you:

  • Feel sudden, severe pain
  • Can’t walk or bear weight
  • Develop warmth, redness, or fever
  • Have pale skin and a cool skin temperature
  • Have pain mainly in the back of your lower leg

These can be signs of conditions requiring urgent treatment, like a fracture, infection, or DVT.

Mild leg pain often eases within a day or two if you rest. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication controls pain and swelling. You might also benefit from applying ice packs several times a day and raising the leg above your heart to stop blood from pooling in the leg.

If you don’t improve after self-treatment or experience worsening pain, make an appointment at Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute.

How is leg pain treated?

You could be referred to a vascular surgeon if you have a circulatory disorder. Acute injuries might need splinting or bracing. Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute offers expert treatment for ongoing leg pain where other treatments are ineffective.

Medication management, physical therapy, and cognitive-behavioral counseling form the basis of your treatment. Innovative techniques like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections stimulate healing.

Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today or book an appointment online for relief from ongoing leg pain.