Leg Pain – A minor complaint or a serious problem?
Leg pain sounds like a very general and ambiguous complaint, and many people have had trouble finding a doctor who is able to determine the cause of their leg pain. You may think, “Oh, it just hurts because I pulled a muscle, or I worked too hard in the garden, or I’m just imagining it. It would be silly to see the doctor just because my leg hurts.”
Leg pain is not normal and you should not simply accept it as a part of life or growing older. We’ve worked with hundred of patients to not only determine the cause of their leg pain, but also to treat it. We can diagnose the problem that is causing the pain, and we will help you return to a comfortable and active life, or help you find someone who can.
Leg pain can also be an indication of very serious problems. If you are experiencing any leg pain, you should talk with our doctors to find out why. They have a lot of experience diagnosing leg pain, and in most cases, they can perform minimally-invasive procedures to cure the pain and prevent amputation or potentially fatal complications.
Interventional radiology is able to provide treatment for leg pain that is caused by problems in the blood vessels of the body. This covers a large percentage of leg pain problems. However, if you are experiencing pain in your bones or joints that may be caused by a fracture, arthritis, or cancer, we can help you find the right doctor to treat your condition and help you return to an active life.
We will use a set of straightforward questions to determine the most likely cause of your leg pain. Once we’ve narrowed down the possibilities based on your responses, we will perform some tests to determine the reason or reasons that you are experiencing pain or discomfort. Once we have all of the information we need, we will help you find the treatment that will work the best for you.
The specific questions you will be asked and tests that will be done will depend on the kind of pain or discomfort you are experiencing. You can go through the following questions to narrow down the possible reasons that your legs hurt, then read more about the disorders to see if the list of symptoms sounds familiar to you. This will also give you a chance to read more about that disorder, including risks, treatments, and further diagnostic testing that is done.
You know best what kind of pain you are experiencing, when it occurs, and what helps or makes it worse. We will discuss your symptoms with you to narrow down the possible reasons for your leg pain, then perform some diagnostic testing to confirm our theories before we begin treatment.
These are some of the questions that we will start with at your first appointment, so reading through now will give you a chance to think about your answers and be prepared. We all have a habit of downplaying our symptoms and thinking, “It’s not so bad,” but it is important to be honest so that we can find an accurate reason for your pain.
- How long have you been experiencing this pain?
- If a short time, was there anything you can think of that may have caused it? A bump or fall?
- Where exactly do you feel the pain?
- Does it seem to be occurring in the muscles, the bones, or just in the general area?
- Is it constant, or do certain things seem to trigger it?
- Does it hurt when you bend your knee, or your ankle, or toes?
- Does it happen during exercise?
- Does it start hurting as soon as you start walking, or come on gradually?
- Does it go away when you stop exercising?
- Does it hurt more when you are standing up or sitting down?
- Is the pain sharp and shooting or dull and achy?
- Do your legs feel tired at the end of the day?
- Are your legs, ankles, or feet, swollen?
- Does elevating them make them feel better and reduce the swelling?
- What medications are you taking?
After we’ve discussed your symptoms and medical history with you, we may perform a few diagnostic tests to gather more information necessary to accurately pinpoint the reason for your pain. The tests done depend on the suspected diagnosis. More information about the specific tests is listed for each disorder.