What is Knee & Lower Leg Pain?

  • A common problem for people of all ages
  • Often caused by injury, exercise or age-related disease such as arthritis
  • Lower leg pain may be caused by a back problem

People young and old experience problems with their knees and lower legs. Those who participate in sports or other vigorous activities are more prone to experience pain in their knees and lower legs. Depending on the severity of the problem, treatment can range from conservative approaches such as ice packs, over-the-counter pain medications, rest and bandages to more aggressive treatment including physical therapy and minimally invasive surgery. Pain in the lower leg is often a symptom of a back problem, generally an injured or damaged disc. It can also result from wear and tear, injuries to the bones and joints or damage or inflammation to the muscles, tendons, ligaments or other soft tissue. If, after conservative home treatment, the pain persists, Lumin OrthoCARE’s knee and lower leg specialists can pinpoint the problem and treat it with the most appropriate approach including a wide variety of minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Our Treatment Approach

At Lumin OrthoCARE we always investigate conservative treatment first. Exercise, therapy, over-the-counter pain medications, anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxers, ice packs and moist heat are some examples of conservative treatment. If the most conservative approaches are not effective in relieving pain, our pain specialists may recommend injections to block the pain and reduce inflammation. In the event conservative treatment is not the best course of action, Lumin OrthoCARE neck and back specialists are experts in a variety of minimally-invasive surgical techniques enabling patients to recovery faster and with less pain.

Causes

  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • arthritis
  • Broken leg
  • Bursitis
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Dislocation
  • Fractured patella
  • Herniated disk
  • Knee bursitis
  • Shin splints
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Torn meniscus
  • Torn ligament ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL

Symptoms

If you experience knee pain, the cause may at first be unclear. Typically, people assume pain is related to injury, even when they cannot point to a specific incident such as a fall or an accident. Several diseases and conditions can cause knee or lower leg pain. It’s important to be diagnosed by a doctor, especially when leg pain persists or worsens. Appropriate treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis.

  • Pain in the front, back or along the side of the joint or leg
  • Limited range or motion or inability to move the joint
  • Instability