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Leg Pain: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2023

What is the treatment

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The pain a person experiences in the event that he has a broken bone, or has gone through a burn or a cut is the exemplary case of leg pain. A person generally encounters leg pain after giving birth, surgery or after any sport occasion and this sensation is typically sudden and sharp. Leg pain may likewise be mild and keep going for a couple of minutes. Then again, it can likewise be extreme and keep going for a considerable length of time. The pain is identified with injury of soft tissues, for example, a paper cut or a sprained ankle. By and large, leg pain does not keep going long and diminishes slowly as and when the injured tissue gets healed.

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A viable pain administration plan is important to manage leg pain. It is exceptionally hard to comprehend the pain that is disturbing someone else. A self-evaluation of pain incorporates the sensory, mental, cultural and emotional segments of pain involvement of the patient. A few variables like area and nature of pain, disturbing and easing conditions, length and timing and other factors need to be considered while making a plan to counter leg pain. The different means which can be utilized to decrease/treat leg pain are: body management, physical and occupational treatment, massage therapy, counseling, relaxation and in addition complimentary medicines like needle therapy (acupuncture), spinal control and biofeedback. Different medications like TENS and spinal cord stimulation are likewise useful.

How is the treatment done

In spite of prevalent thinking, a man experiencing leg pain should proceed with his physical exercises rather than simply hiding out and taking rest. This will make him more grounded and furthermore will diminish pain. Exercise based therapy includes following up on those muscles from where the pain is exuding. A person will understand which muscles need to be strengthened or stretched to recuperate from the injury. A specialist may provide guidance related to occupational treatment which implies that a person is able to do particular tasks without enduring too much pain. Connecting with a counselor for support and advice can be useful if the pain is too much to deal with.

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Massage therapy provides pressure on the muscles and thereby eases the pain. It is to be remembered, nonetheless, that this technique isn't a genuine cure for leg pain. Meditation and deep breathing are two strategies that can give alleviation from leg pain. Moreover, leg pain can be managed by the assistance of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic measures. The most ideal approach to treat leg pain is with a multimodal approach by a combination of medications with non-pharmacologic steps. In the multimodal analgesia of pain or 'balanced analgesia' technique for treatment, a man is given at least 2 pain relieving medications. Each operator has an alternate capacity and acts at an alternate site in the sensory system. This technique is the best in treating pain.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?

Pain is itself a symptom that occurs mainly due to injury of bodily tissues. However, some of the symptoms that are associated with pain and might help someone to understand whether or not he/she is eligible for treatment are: depression, flu-like symptoms, loss of appetite, numbness, muscle spasms, inability to concentrate, sleep disturbances and unexpected weight loss. When a person experiences leg pain together with some other symptoms, it may be indicative of a life-threatening ailment. A person should consult a doctor before undergoing any treatment. A doctor will take the final call on whether a person is eligible for treatment or not.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Pain can be experienced due to a variety of causes. A person can wrongly diagnose any pain arising out of any serious complication to be leg pain. Some serious diseases which are commonly undiagnosed can be nerve diseases like diabetic neuropathy, peripheral neuropathy and chronic disorders like fibromyalgia, arthritis, migraine and chronic pain syndromes. Thus it is of paramount importance to visit a doctor and get the proper diagnosis. People suffering from serious diseases and experiencing pain due to that are not eligible for the treatment.

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Are there any side effects?

Some of the side-effects of acupuncture for leg pain relief are: fatigue, soreness, muscle twitching, lightheadedness, emotional release and bruising. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs help to reduce pain. But some of the side-effects of using these drugs are indigestion and other gut problems, headches, dizziness and drowsiness. Use of NSAIDs can affect kidneys, liver, heart and blood circulation and can also cause fluid retention. Furthermore, some of the side-effects of analgesics are constipation, drowsiness, skin rashes, dry mouth, upset stomach and ringing in the ears.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Using analgesics to relieve pain for a long period of time can cause you to get addicted to the drug. When a person is on analgesics, he/she should avoid performing tasks that require a lot of awareness like driving a car. When a person is on analgesics, he/she should not consume alcohol. An acupuncture session makes you feel relaxed and so a person should not go for any intense workout session afterards. There are some changes in body energy and a doctor normally advises people to bring some changes in their diet and also to exercise.

How long does it take to recover?

Leg pain is generally sharp and sudden pain that generally occurs due to injury to some body tissues. Leg pain may disappear within a few moments or it can last for a few weeks as well. Leg pain due to muscle spasms generally takes a longer period to get resolved. Pain in the lower back caused due to strain or soft-tissue injury takes about 3-6 weeks to get resolved. Pain in other areas may also last longer.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The cost of an acupuncture session normally varies between Rs 800 and Rs 1000 in India. Some government hospitals, however, provide acupuncture therapy for as low as Rs 20 per session to the poor. NSAIDs generally cost between Rs 600 –RSs 700. Analgesic medications are available for as low as Rs 75 per 10 tablets to as high as more than Rs 1000 for 10 tablets.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Analgesics, acupuncture and massage therapy helps to deal with leg pain. But leg pain is a sharp and sudden sensation that may occur due to a number of various reasons. A person undergoing a surgery will experience leg pain even if he had had medication and had undergone treatment for it before. An accidental cut on your body or a broken bone can also herald the onset of leg pain. Thus this sensation is never permanently cured.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are some herbal remedies that can help a person to deal with leg pain. Capsaicin, which is derived from chilli peppers, can be topically applied to get relief from pain. Ginger extracts help to deal with joint and muscle pain due to the presence of phytochemicals. Turmeric is useful for reducing inflammation and thus helps to deal with leg pain.

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