Leg Pain and Numbness
Leg pain can range from a mild nuisance that comes and goes, to debilitating pain that makes it difficult to sleep, walk, or engage in simple everyday activities.
Leg pain and numbness can be experienced in many forms—some patients describe the pain as aching, searing, throbbing, or burning, or like standing in a bucket of ice water.
Leg pain may be caused by a problem in the leg, but often the root cause of the problem starts in the lower back, where the sciatic nerve originates, and then travels along the path of the nerve (called sciatica).
Or it could start at the L3-L4 level, where a nerve branches off from the lumbar spine and travels through the front of the thigh.
Is leg pain and numbness serious?
Warning signs that sciatica is a symptom of a serious condition requiring immediate attention, and possible surgery, include unbearable pain, significant muscle weakness or paralysis in the lower extremities, or loss of bladder or bowel control
Leg pain and numbness treatment
Leg pain and numbness treatment include medications, physiotherapy, spinal injection, and surgery may be recommended for severe cases. The medications include nerve medication and anti-inflammatory and muscle spasm medications.
Mild sciatica usually goes away over time. Call your doctor if self-care measures fail to ease your symptoms or if your pain lasts longer than a week, is severe or becomes progressively worse. Get immediate medical care if: You have sudden, severe pain in your low back or leg and numbness or muscle weakness in your leg. Prolonged leg pain and numbness may cause permanent damage to nerve. Call now for an appointment with our neurosurgeon.