Wednesday, February 10, 2010

What Causes Leg Pain

Leg cramps are not only excruciatingly painful, they also cause sleep interruptions. Without appropriate neurological and orthopedical testing, it is difficult to make proper diagnosis and treatment recommendation for this condition.

However, here is a list of some of the most common causes of leg pain and discomfort:

  • Dehydration or low level of electrolytes – basic solution is to increase intake of water-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables. Also, increase intake of foods rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium, and sodium should help.

  • Chronic tightness or over-exertion – give legs ample time to rest and give it the necessary stretching before doing regular daily functions.

  • Physical injury – most common leg injuries are tendonitis, muscle sprains and strains, and fractures. Complete rest can help improve blood circulation.

  • Arthritis – degenerative arthritis causes pain in the joints during activity while metabolic arthropathy causes pain even when at rest.

  • Ifection – this is accompanied by fever and flu-like symptoms like chills and nausea.

  • Atherosclerosis – plaque build up on blood vessels in the leg diminishes blood flow that causes pain.

When leg pain doesn't go away with rest, exercise, and diet, consult qualified health practitioners for treatment and medications. Medical Consulatation is accredited also..

Author: Ramon Bravante

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