Most Common Leg Pain Causes

Leg pain can be a cause for alarm, it can be disabling sometimes. Common cause of leg pain includes arthritis and complications that arise from spinal disease. Short term pain in the leg can be cause by injuries in the legs like short gout attacks and torn muscles. The common spinal conditions that results of numbness and leg pain are sciatica, spinal lumbar stenosis and slipped disc in the lower spinal column. Another source of leg pain is vascular disease which includes serious conditions like thrombosis and severe varicose veins.

Let us take a closer look at this conditions and why it causes such leg pain.

Leg Injuries. The most common injuries like torn muscles are what cause sudden leg pain. For most healthy people this is what causes their leg pain.

Health conditions. Conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout and diabetes can initiate regular or periodic symptoms. Acute gout attack can initiate pain in the knee or joints. Pain can be so severe it can be crippling sometimes. This often happens when the uric acid crystals builds up in the joint. Movement then results to severe leg pain. Advanced diabetes can be a cause too of leg pain. Uncheck diabetes can cause gradual damage of peripheral nerves.

Spinal Conditions. Most frequent cause of numbness and leg pain is lumbar stenosis. It affects the nerves within the legs. Individuals who suffer from lumbar stenosis experiences numbness, weakness and pain in the buttocks down to the legs. And most of the time this pain gets worst when you are sitting for  quite a long time and this pain slowly go away when you change position or walk.

Another lumbar disc disease called sciatica causes tingling or numbness and leg pain that comes from the low back and spreads down to the back of the leg. Sciatica is often felt in one side of the body only thus pain is only felt in one leg. This condition can strike any age but it usually occurs with middle age individuals.

Vascular diseases. DVT or Deep Venous Thrombosis is a clot in a large vein in the lower leg or thigh that prevents blood flow resulting to swelling and pain. This leg pain is dangerous because there is a risk that the clot will break off into small pieces and drift into the bloodstream where in turn can block blood vessels in the heart or the brain.

This condition usually causes redness and tenderness in the affected area as well as a noticeable distension of the veins. Varicose veins are also one cause of leg pain, it is less serious yet you have high risk of developing Deep Venous Thrombosis.