Leg pain can last all the time or can come and go. It can come on immediately or it can develop slowly. It can have an effect on your whole leg or you can have pain in just one spot, like your knee or shin area.
You may feel tingling, aching, dullness, a sharp pain, or a throbbing pain. Some leg pain is just bothersome, but other types of serious leg pain can make walking difficult or to put weight on your leg.
Causes of Leg Pain
Leg pain generally is caused by injuries in bones, joints or muscles, overuse or through wear and tear. Some kinds of leg pain are caused by issues in your lower spine. Leg pain can also be caused by blood clots that form due to an injury.
Some typical causes of leg pain are:
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury
- Baker’s cyst
- Broken leg
- Broken tibia (bone in lower leg)
- Broken femur (bone in upper leg)
- Broken tibial plateau
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Growth plate fractures
- Hamstring injury
- Herniated disk
- Knee bursitis
- Torn meniscus
- Patella (Kneecap) Fracture
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Peroneal Nerve Injury (Foot Drop)
- Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury
- Posterior tibial tendon rupture
- Quadriceps pain or tendon tear
- Spinal stenosis
- Sprains and strains
Should you see a doctor?
After any accident, you need to first do what’s best for your health. After that you should quickly begin thinking about your personal injury case.
Call 911 or go to the hospital if you:
- Have a leg injury with a big cut, or a bone or tendon can be seen.
- Can’t walk or place any weight on your leg
- Are experiencing swelling or pain
- Heard a pop when you hurt your leg
If you call 911, be sure to request the 911 audio call. If you go to the emergency room, be sure to request your medical records and bills after you are released from the hospital.
The emergency room will give you a discharge report when you leave the hospital. The discharge report is usually not good enough to get fair compensation for your case.
You want the actual medical records and bills. Once you get the bills and records, quickly send them to the proper insurance companies.
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