Leg pain is defined as a painful sensation or discomfort that a person experiences anywhere between the groin and the ankle. Trauma is the most obvious cause of leg pain. Nonetheless, Leg pains can be brought about by various factors such as clotting of the blood, poor circulation of blood, cramps, and injuries in joints or bones as well as in the muscles or even overuse. Leg pains can range from a dull ache to a severe stabbing sensation and sharp or burning sensation. In some extreme cases, the pain may be caused by a medical condition. It is recommended to seek medical attention if one is experiencing a persistent leg pain.
Physical therapists at Advantage Physical Therapy are well endowed with the knowledge and skills needed to manage leg pains of patients. The first step is classifying the potential causes based on the part of the leg that hurts and if whether the pain is on both legs or just one. Our physical therapists in Kalamazoo, MI also offer free education on how to prevent leg pains from occurring in the future. Some of the ways include; maintaining a healthy weight through taking proper diet especially foods rich in potassium such as bananas and chicken, avoiding smoking, limiting alcohol intakes into the body and most importantly taking some time to stretch your muscles before and after exercising.
Our physical therapist at Advantage Physical Therapy offers various solutions depending on the source of the leg pain. Those patients experiencing frequent muscle cramps are advised to gently stretch the areas where the muscle has tensed up or massage it without applying too much pressure on it. One should also stretch them before taking up in any exercise. For managing shin splints, our team of physical therapists in Kalamazoo, MI advice their patients to rest their legs and at times to ice the inflicted area. Shin splints are brought about when one carries out the same activities frequently on hard surfaces. It also targets those people with flat feet. Treatment of mild sprain includes trying the RICE treatment which includes: rest, ice, compression and lastly elevation. Our physical therapist at Advantage Physical Therapy provides the patients with machines such as crutches to help ease their discomfort and elastic bandages. All these are guaranteed for an effective treatment of leg pain.
Here at Advantage Physical Therapy, we firmly believe that all injuries are preventable. However, accidents are prone to happen unexpectedly causing injuries and development of leg pains. Our physical therapist in Kalamazoo, MI provides advice to all our patients on how to best avoid or prevent leg pains. They include: if one is traveling for a long distance either by a car, train or even air, it is best for one to get up and occasionally walk so as to prevent the risk of deep venous thrombosis. For those people who are unstable or have difficulties in balancing themselves, they should use walkers or canes to assist them in walking. It is also advisable to wear comfortable shoes while walking. A regular exercise program is ideal for everyone as it helps strengthen the bones and joint flexibility. Last but not least, maintaining an ideal weight is crucial in decreasing prolong stress on bones and joints.