Leg pain is an ailment that can often be attributed to simple issues like strained muscles, and is typically expected to resolve itself in a few short days of recovery. When the pain is caused by something neurological like a spinal injury or pinched nerve, however, the pain that radiates down the leg can last significantly longer and be much more difficult to eliminate.

While leg pain may be caused by muscle tears or sprained ligaments from vigorous activity or heavy lifting, it may also be caused by a deeper, less obvious issue that affects a person’s central nervous system. When dealing with a case of severe and/or chronic leg pain, it is important to take note of whether the pain is localized only to your leg, or if it also occurs in the lumbar region of the spine (your lower back), suggesting a possible correlation.

Spinal conditions that may cause symptoms of radiant leg pain include:

  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Pinched nerves
  • Spinal tumors
  • Disc degeneration
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica

Depending on the location, severity and regularity of your leg pain, a trained neurologist like Dr. Neece can help determine the likely cause. If deemed necessary, radiological testing can be done to pinpoint exactly what (and where) the issue is, and help your doctor determine whether some sort of neurological surgery may be needed to correct it. Many conditions are mild and can be controlled via non-surgical options like physical therapy and medications, but some require immediate attention and surgical intervention. Because it is difficult to tell the difference without proper examination, it is important to seek medical attention if your leg pain becomes chronic and/or crippling.

If you believe your leg pain may be related to an undiagnosed neurological condition or injury, contact our clinic to set up an appointment to be evaluated. Dr. Neece and his trained staff will work with you to determine your condition and develop an appropriate treatment plan to get you back on your way to wellness.