Leg Pain

Leg pain can be due to a number of reasons. Below is the most common reason.

Sciatica

Sciatica is an umbrella term for a number of different problems. It is an irritation of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the base of the spine down the back of the leg into the foot. It can get irritated or trapped at any point along the nerve but the most common sites are in the buttock and in the lower back. It normally involves one leg and symptoms can range from numbness, tingling or pain. Sciatica is extremely common and can be resolved by conservative treatment depending on where the problem originates.

Vascular Claudication

This occurs when there is insufficient blood flow to the leg muscles. It is usually caused by the build up of plaque in the blood, which narrows the aorta and restricts blood flow. Patients normally experience cramping and pain in one or both legs when walking. The pain can be made worse by walking uphill and can quickly subside after a few minutes of rest. Treatment is normally surgery or medication depending on the severity.

It is important to get your leg pain assessed by a profession so the appropriate treatment can be carried out.