Leg Pain Specialist

Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists

Pain Management located in Chicago, IL & River Forest, IL

Leg pain is typically a sign of an underlying issue with one or more of the structures that make up your leg. If you suffer from severe or persistent leg pain, let the pain management specialists at Stellar Pain and Spine Specialists determine the right treatment. Located in the Northside of Chicago and western suburbs, including Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Lake View East, Ukrainian Village, Budlong Woods, Norwood Park West, Bucktown, Andersonville, River Forest, and Oak Park, Illinois, the team offers accurate diagnostics and a number of safe and effective treatment options. To schedule your visit, call or book online today.

Leg Pain Q & A

What causes leg pain?

Your leg consists of several different bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. In most cases, leg pain occurs as a result of overuse or injuries that cause damage to these structures. 

Issues like poor posture, certain physical activities, and age can all increase your chances of developing leg pain. 

What are the different types of leg pain?

Some common causes of leg pain include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • ACL injuries
  • Fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle strains
  • Gout
  • Shin splints
  • Neuropathy
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Hamstring injuries

In some cases, problems with your lower spine such as a herniated disc, sciatica, or spinal stenosis, cause leg pain. With so many possible causes, an accurate diagnosis is key to effectively treating leg pain.  

Although most leg pain cases are minor and short-lived, certain conditions can cause severe or chronic pain. If you suffer from concerning leg pain, the specialists at Stellar Pain and Spine can provide you with an accurate diagnosis. 

How is leg pain diagnosed?

Your diagnosis begins with a physical exam and a review of your medical history. During the physical, your doctor feels for tenderness and other abnormalities and tries to determine the location of your pain. 

In many cases, your doctor performs imaging tests like an X-ray or MRI to get a detailed look at your leg structures. After your diagnosis, they determine the most effective way to relieve your symptoms and restore your health. 

How is leg pain treated?

How your leg pain is treated depends on the underlying cause. If your condition doesn’t improve with at-home measures like RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), your doctor may recommend treatments like:

  • Physical therapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Pain medication
  • Brace, splint, or cast
  • Orthotics
  • Spinal cord stimulation

In severe cases, you may need surgery to address the underlying cause of your leg pain. The team at Stellar Pain and Spine specializes in conservative treatments and works with you to help eliminate your leg pain without the need for surgery. 

To speak with a doctor and find out which treatment is right for you, call the office or book your appointment online today.