A pinched nerve in your leg happens when a muscle becomes strained, or an area of the leg becomes injured in a particular way. Sometimes a pinched nerve in your leg may take the form of a cramp on the sciatic region of the leg. Either way, it is important that you address this issue with care as particular symptoms can vary depending on the actual type of leg pain you are experiencing. In many cases, a pinched nerve in your leg can be remedied with rest, however, some extreme cases may require surgery, medication and/or physical therapy. Speak with your physician if your pain worsens or does not go away with basic home care.
- Twitching or spasm in the leg. Be careful, as an increase in frequency and severity of this symptom may cause your leg to give out, creating further injury
- Weak feeling in your leg making it difficult to walk or stand or even sleep
- Numbness that makes your leg feel as though it is asleep
- Variance in pain. You may experience a burning or stinging sensation as the pain can radiate up or down your leg
Avoid standing, sitting or lying down for extended periods of time. Being immobile can aggravate a pinched nerve in your leg just as much as excessive movement. Take anti-inflammatory drugs to minimize swelling. Apply an ice pack every for 15-20 minutes every few hours. Make sure you rest your leg sufficiently to minimize stress and further injury. Finally, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and properly stretch before exercising.
What causes leg pain?
The leg is a very mobile body part and is made up of bone, muscle, ligaments and tendons. It includes the foot, thigh and hip region. Leg pain varies from person to person and can be caused by a number of different things. Generally, the more common causes of leg pain happen as a result of a cramp, gout, arthritis, tendinitis and issues with your Sciatica. What many people don’t realize is that a pinched nerve in your leg may actually be caused by issues with your back that radiate throughout the body towards your legs and arms.
How can my leg pain be treated?
The easiest way to treat arm pain is with basic care in your own home. In the majority of cases, this includes rest, a cold or hot compress and an over the counter, pain reliever. Topical cream can also be used as needed, however check the label and make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Do not over-use your leg for any particular activity as this could allow you to injure yourself even further.
When should I call my doctor?
Be sure and call your doctor when at-home treatment has been ineffective at addressing your leg pain. In most cases, this is occurs when your leg pain worsens or your ability to move a joint becomes more difficult. For example, if you are unable to bend your knee or cannot put any weight on your leg, it is advised that you seek immediate medical attention.
How could my doctor address my leg pain?
Your doctor may recommend a strategy at addressing your leg pain. This includes getting a copy of your medical history to see if you are predisposed to particular leg problems because of your physiological makeup or family history. Along with your medical history, you may also have a physical done to check for flexibility, pain tolerance and other issues that surround leg mobility. Following these tests, your doctor may also provide you with a diagnosis.
This strategy may also include physical therapy and in some severe cases, surgery. If your doctor does recommend surgery, the specific type will depend on what your diagnosis is. Some common leg surgeries include Arthroscopic surgery, Arthroplasty and Arthrography.
How can I prevent leg pain?
One of the best ways to prevent leg pain is to incorporate lifestyle changes that do not put you at risk for injury and other issues that may cause leg pain. For example, if you have a workout routine, do not overexert yourself and work a particular area of your body to the point of exhaustion. This type of behavior will negatively impact your body.
It is also important that you address leg pain on a continuum that starts with basic home followed by a visit to your doctor, a diagnosis from your doctor and any sort of follow-up procedure that may be recommended. Always remember that only a physician can diagnose a leg condition and should be consulted prior to you addressing any sort of leg pain that you may have.