Limb Pain


 

LIMB PAIN

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When you have pain in your legs, feet, arms, or hands, it may prevent you from participating in the activities you love most. The team of experts at Spinetech, located in Beaumont, Conroe, Nederland, and Houston, Texas, can help diagnose and treat the underlying causes of your limb pain, and get you back to work and play. For an expert consultation and specialized treatment plan, call or book an appointment online today.

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What is limb pain?

Limb pain refers to pain of the legs, calves, knees, feet, shoulders, arms, and hands. There are several potential causes for limb pain, which may include conditions associated with the bones, nerves, circulation, or the immune system.

Some of these conditions include:

  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Bone cancer
  • Joint deformities
  • Blood clots
  • Impaired circulation
  • Bone fractures
  • Muscle injuries
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Diabetes

Spinal conditions, acute spinal injury, or nerve damage can also cause limb pain, and weakness and lack of function in the extremities.

When you have limb pain, it’s important to have a medical evaluation, as it may be a sign of significant problems that may worsen over time.

What spinal or nerve conditions can cause limb pain?

Because nerves for the limbs branch off the spinal cord, injury or damage to your neck or back can cause pain that extends into your arms and legs.

Spinal conditions that may cause limb pain include:

  • Pinched nerve in the neck
  • Sciatica or pinched nerve in the lower back
  • Bulging or herniated disc
  • Disc degeneration
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal deformities

By treating these underlying conditions, you may find relief of your limb pain and improvement of your limb function.

What are symptoms of nerve-related limb pain?

If you have limb pain caused by spine or nerve issues, you may have symptoms that include:

  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Itchy feeling
  • Lack of function
  • Weakness
  • Decreased mobility
  • Sharp or shooting pain

These symptoms may affect the joints of the extremities, fingertips, toes, thighs, buttocks, and hips.

How is limb pain evaluated?

Your neurologist at Spinetech evaluates and diagnoses the root of your limb pain by taking your health history, performing a thorough exam, and conducting a series of diagnostic studies.

Testing may include CT, MRI, X-ray, nerve studies, or mobility analysis.

What treatments are available for limb pain?

Treatments used to improve limb pain focus on improving the underlying cause of pain.

The team at Spinetech uses a conservative approach that may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Home exercise program
  • Therapeutic injections
  • Non-narcotic medications

 

In some cases, surgical intervention may be needed, and may include:

  • Laminectomy
  • Discectomy or spinal fusion
  • Spinal decompression
  • Kyphoplasty

Your physician discusses with you which treatments would work the best to give you long-term relief from limb pain and improve your overall function.

For a complete evaluation of your limb pain, call or book an appointment online with Spinetech today.

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