Leg Pain Overview While leg pain is a common
occurrence after an injury, there are many nontraumatic causes of leg
pain. Pain in the legs may be present because of conditions that affect
bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, and
skin. Most often, inflammation of tissues is the end result of these
diseases, and the inflammation is the source of pain. Back ailments
may also present with leg pain.
Leg Pain Symptoms; Depending upon the cause and the
individual situation, symptoms of leg pain may have a wide range of
presentation. The pain may be described in a variety of ways, including
sharp, dull, heavy, aching, or burning. It may be constant or intermittent
or made better or worse with activity or rest. There may be other
associated symptoms, depending upon the cause.
Pain from muscles and joints often can be felt or palpated, meaning that
touching the area reproduces the pain. However, the pain may radiate from
its source to another location, sometimes confusing the patient and the
health-care practitioner. For example, hip problems may initially present
with knee pain. With some injuries and arthritic conditions, pain
gradually resolves as the muscle or joint warms up during activity, but
other times, the pain may be made worse with use.
Acupuncture Leg Meridians;
The spleen meridian has a total of 21 acupuncture points that run from the
toes all the way to the shoulders. The first 11 of them are located along
the length of the foot and leg, and it is these meridians that are worked
with to treat leg pain. If leg pain is accompanied by lower back pain,
such as in sciatica, meridians in the lower back may also be manipulated.
Acupuncture for Non-specific Leg Pain;
Leg pain is considered to respond well to acupuncture treatment,
particularly idiopathic or non-specific leg pain. It is understood that
acupuncture is beneficial for this type of pain because of its success at
reducing inflammation and relieving non-specific pain. This may be
beneficial for people who do not want to take over-the-counter or
prescription medications for pain that is uncomfortable but not chronic or
life threatening because of the possible side effects or contraindications
of such medications. Treatment length and frequency for this type of leg
pain will depend upon the intensity of the pain and other health
conditions of the patient.
Acupuncture for Knee Pain;
Knee pain is very common, particularly among athletes or other people who
enjoy regular sports. One of the most common knee injuries is a torn
anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Damage to the ACL can be caused by
sudden twisting movements, landing from a jump or changes in running
direction. The risk of ACL damage also increases as you get older because
of the gradual reduction in knee cartilage and loss of elasticity.
Acupuncture may be effective at relieving this type of knee pain and the
accompanying stiffness and muscle weakness. For this type of pain,
acupuncture is recommended once each week until significant improvement is
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