Leg Injury

Why does my leg hurt?

Pain in the upper leg and lower leg are common problems. Leg pain can present itself as a sharp, stabbing sensation or simply a dull ache. Sprains and strains are common causes of leg pain, often from overuse of the leg muscles during sports or other exercise. Pain in the quadriceps, groin, and hamstrings are especially common in athletes who rely on speed in their sport such as sprinters, soccer players, football players, rugby players, lacrosse players, and basketball players. Though quite common, these muscular injuries are often easily treatable by a physical therapist. Other areas in the upper leg and lower leg that are susceptible to pain are the calves, shins, and knees.  

Symptoms of leg pain:

  • Pain when stretching or flexing thigh muscles
  • Broken blood vessels on leg
  • Bruising on the leg
  • Leg swelling
  • Weak legs
  • Muscle spasms in the leg

Possible reasons for leg pain:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Blood clot in leg
  • Arthritis in the leg
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  • Tendinitis
  • Gout
  • Nerve damage in the leg
  • Muscle cramps (charley horse)
  • Acute leg injury
  • Slipped disc (herniated disc)
  • Varicose veins
  • Dehydration
  • Overuse of leg muscles
  • Torn leg muscle
  • Inflamed leg tendon
  • Shin splints

 

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Treatment for leg pain

The treatment options for leg pain will depend heavily on the condition at the root cause your leg pain along with your symptoms and personal goals. Your physician can help you determine the best treatment options of your leg pain, including physical therapy. If you don't have a prescription for physical therapy treatment from your doctor, you may still be able to visit an Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy location near you for treatment, depending on the rules of the state you live in.

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Treatment options for leg pain include, but are not limited to:

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of treatment methods for injuries, conditions, and illnesses. At Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy, we focus not only on treating your condition, but also on helping you prevent future injuries from…

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Soft Tissue Mobilization
Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissue injuries have been known to occur when muscles are very tense and contracted. They can also happen as a result of a sprained ankle or other sudden trauma. When dealing with a soft tissue injury, you may feel weak muscles, pain, and less…

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Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy can be very effective when you have a condition that makes it painful to put weight on your lower extremities, such as arthritis, knee pain, hip pain, or low back pain. During aquatic therapy, the buoyancy of the water allows for less…

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BioSway
BioSway

The BioSway system challenges patients to shift and control their center of gravity through interactive balance games and rehabilitative training strategies. To use the BioSway, you stand on a small platform facing a touch screen in front of you. Through…

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Dry Needling
Dry Needling

Dry needling is often confused with acupuncture; however, they are very different techniques. Dry needling focuses on reducing pain and accelerating healing through a deep understanding of the relationships between our bodies and our central nervous…

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Orthopedic Therapy
Orthopedic Therapy

The orthopedic specialists at Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy are ready to help you get back into the action. Whether you're overcoming a sports-related injury or recovering from a recent surgery, let our knowledgeable team develop a personalized therapy plan just…

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Post-Surgical Treatment
Post-Surgical Treatment

Physical therapy after surgery is extremely important for ensuring a full recovery. In addition to many other benefits, post-surgical rehabilitation can also help you regain full range of motion in the affected area. Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy specializes in…

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