Common causes of leg pain include muscle cramps, injuries (muscle strains), varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis or blood clot (serious and requires emergent medical attention), nerve damage from diabetes (peripheral neuropathy), shin splints, tumors such as Ewing’s Sarcoma and osteosarcoma, and for this definition referred radicular leg pain from a lumbar disc herniation.
All signs of leg pain, whether it is mild numbness to severe burning and weakness should be evaluated for more potentially serious conditions.
Just like the cervical disc herniation can cause arm pain, the lumbar disc herniation can cause a sharp shooting or burning sensation in the leg. Most often the pain is down the back of the leg or side of the thigh and may or may not extend into the lower leg and foot. This inflammatory process of the pinched nerve excites the nerve, and it becomes “hyperactive.” This pain is also sometimes felt without lower back pain. Compression activities like lifting, coughing, sneezing, standing, sitting or bending can aggravate the symptoms.
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Radiating Pain Down The Legs
Patients experiencing pain symptoms radiating down one or both legs could be suffering any of a number of conditions. Most commonly, radiating pain down the legs is caused by pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots associated with sciatica, and it is vital that the cause of sciatica be correctly diagnosed in order to implement an effective treatment regimen. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated or bulging disc, but spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, or spinal cysts and tumors could also cause it.
Pain Slowing You Down?
Our physicians, chiropractors, and nurse practitioners specialize in non-surgical sciatic pain solutions like chiropractic, decompression therapy, nerve blocks, and spinal injections to get you back to living life with less pain and more mobility as fast as possible. Call 210-741-9166 today and schedule an appointment to find out which treatment is best for you.