Leg pain is a common condition that may develop from natural wear and tear, overuse, injury, or an underlying condition. Patients may experience pain for several days, weeks, or months depending on the cause and severity of symptoms. Leg pain may be described as mild, moderate, or severe.
Depending on the cause of chronic leg pain, symptoms can range from a mild, dull ache to a severe, shooting pain. Leg pain may also produce discomfort in the form of weakness, tingling, and numbness. Other symptoms include:
- Pain that is sudden or intermittent
- Pain that radiates down the legs toward the feet
- Swelling, redness, and cramping around the affected area
- Burning pain from nerve damage
Treatment for leg pain may include a number of alternative, conservative, and interventional techniques. Conservative therapy usually includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation, as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Physical therapy may also improve symptoms of chronic leg pain. Interventional treatments for leg pain often include: