Leg pain might be musculoskeletal, coming from your bones, joints, and nerves, or be a consequence of poor circulation due to conditions like chronic venous insufficiency. If you have leg pain, the Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care team can help. At their offices in Hobart, LaPorte, Munster, and Valparaiso, Indiana, the team of pain management and vein care experts can deliver the right treatment for your leg pain. Call the Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care office nearest you today for more information or book an appointment using the online form.
There are three main causes of leg pain:
This includes damage to the bones, muscles, connective tissues, nerves, or cartilage in your legs from sprains, strains, fractures, and conditions like Achilles tendinitis, meniscal tears, and hamstring injuries.
The nerves in your spine extend out to everywhere else around your body. If you have a spinal subluxation (misalignment), herniated disc, or other condition that pinches your lumbar (lower back) nerves, it can cause pain that travels down one or both legs. Sciatica is the most common example of this type of leg pain.
Problems with the blood flow in your legs often lead to leg pain. Chronic venous insufficiency happens when the valves in your veins that keep blood flowing back to your heart stop working properly, causing conditions like varicose veins, lymphedema, and leg ulcers.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), where a blood clot forms in your leg, requires immediate medical attention to prevent a potentially life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
If you have an injury or chronic disease that's causing leg pain, the team begins by using conservative treatments such as electrical stimulation and ultrasound therapy.
For many patients, these treatments are sufficient to resolve their leg pain. If your pain continues despite treatment, the team can use additional approaches, such as:
Few patients require surgery, but the Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care team works closely with local surgeons if you need more invasive treatments.
Problems like chronic venous insufficiency that cause leg pain often develop, or worsen, because of lifestyle factors like being overweight and not exercising enough.
Losing weight, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking can significantly improve the health of your legs. Support stockings that help blood pump back up your legs can also be effective.
If you have painful varicose veins, the Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care’s vein care team offers:
VenaSeal is a type of medical glue that seals off the affected vein and forces blood to take a different route.
Venous ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency or laser energy to collapse the problem veins. Blood travels along healthy veins instead, and the diseased vein eventually disappears.
Sclerotherapy also collapses and closes off problem veins. It uses a sclerosant – either a liquid or a foam solution like Varithena® – rather than an energy source.
If your varicose veins are particularly large and bulging, phlebectomy techniques extract the veins through tiny incisions.
If you have leg pain, don't wait to seek help. Call the Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care today or book an appointment online.