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Leg Pain Specialist

Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center

Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation located in Greenbelt, MD & Olney, MD

Between everyday stress, injuries, and degenerative disease, leg pain affects people of all ages. If you struggle with sudden or ongoing leg pain, the experts at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center can help. They provide a customized treatment that eases your pain and lets you get back to your favorite activities. You can schedule physical therapy without a doctor’s referral. Call the office in Greenbelt, Olney, Bowie, Riverdale, Glen Burnie, Laurel, or Silver Spring, Maryland, or use the online booking feature today. Same-day and next-day appointments are available.

Leg Pain Q & A

What causes leg pain?

Leg pain arises from many different health conditions, including:

Musculoskeletal conditions

The most common causes of leg pain involve your bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. A few examples include:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Ligament tears
  • Hamstring injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Shin splints
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome 

Problems in your feet and hips can also lead to leg pain. 

Nerve conditions

Inflamed and damaged nerves, a condition called peripheral neuropathy, often cause leg pain. You can also have leg pain when you have pinched nerves in your lower spine, causing sciatica.

Vascular conditions

Though physical therapists don’t treat vascular conditions, it’s important to know that leg pain is a symptom of peripheral artery disease, venous insufficiency, and deep vein thrombosis.

What other symptoms accompany leg pain?

The conditions responsible for leg pain usually cause additional symptoms. You may experience:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Leg or muscle weakness
  • Skin redness or warmth
  • Inability to put weight on your leg
  • Popping or grinding sounds in the joints

You should schedule an appointment for an evaluation if your symptoms don’t improve after a few days, you have significant swelling or pain, or your symptoms get progressively worse.

How is leg pain treated?

You can begin to ease the pain at home by staying off the leg and elevating it whenever possible. During your appointment at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center, your therapist first completes a comprehensive exam.

Your therapist lets you know if they detect any problems that need the attention of an orthopedic surgeon or vascular specialist. Otherwise, physical therapy is the best treatment for easing leg pain.

Your initial care may focus on gentle or passive therapies to reduce inflammation, accelerate healing, and ease your pain. As your swelling and pain improve, your physical therapy progresses to include modalities that focus on strengthening muscles and restoring movement. 

Your tailored treatment may include:

  • Manual therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Joint mobilization
  • Moist heat and ice
  • Gait training
  • Manual traction
  • Myofascial release
  • ALINE® insoles (shoe inserts)
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)

Your treatment includes rehabilitating a leg injury by introducing functional or sport-specific exercises and activities. Your therapist also gives you an at-home exercise plan.

You can get expert relief from leg pain at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking feature today.