Your legs get you where you need to go, unless persistent pain and weakness affect their capabilities. Then you need the experienced physicians at Advanced Pain Management Specialists in Baytown, Texas. Jerome Carter, MD, provides comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services to alleviate leg pain and reduce your need for surgery. If your life is disrupted by chronic leg pain, don’t delay a diagnosis. Call the office nearest you today or book a consultation conveniently online.

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What causes leg pain?

One of the primary causes of chronic leg pain is overuse injuries that damage the soft tissues and nerves of the leg. In some cases, leg pain results as a side effect of aging, due to the degeneration of healthy tissue and nerves.

You may also have an underlying medical condition that causes pain in your legs, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Infection
  • Inflammation

Also common are spinal conditions, such as sciatica, that radiate down into your legs, causing pain, weakness, and tingling.

When should I seek help for leg pain?

If your legs hurt and you have signs of infection, such as swelling, tenderness, or skin that feels warm, don’t delay treatment. An untreated infection can spread to other areas of your body and turn life-threatening.

You should also seek help when leg pain makes it difficult to stay physically active or perform your job safely.

If you’ve been treating leg pain at home with over-the-counter medications and your symptoms get worse, schedule an evaluation.

How is leg pain diagnosed?

To determine the root cause of your pain, Dr. Carter reviews your medical history and listen carefully to your symptoms. Often, they can pinpoint the cause based on the location of your pain.

In some cases, Dr. Carter may request imaging tests, such as an MRI or X-ray, to confirm a diagnosis or rule out underlying medical conditions.

What treatments are available for leg pain?

When home treatments, including rest and ice or heat therapy, aren’t enough to improve your functionality, Dr. Carter can develop a custom treatment plan to provide you with long-term pain relief. The goal of their treatment strategies is to improve your quality of life and reduce the need for surgery.

For pain that originates in your nerves, Dr. Carter may recommend nerve blocks that deliver anesthesia medicines near the affected nerve. If you have pain that radiates into your legs due to a spinal condition, you may benefit from epidural steroid injections, which ease pain and reduce inflammation.

To help you maintain your results, Dr. Carter may recommend physical therapy to strengthen your leg muscles and increase your flexibility.

To find out more about your options for treating leg pain, call the office nearest you today or book a consultation conveniently online.