Leg Pain & Injury

Alex Clarke Ashgrove Physiotherapist

Article by Alex Clarke


leg pain

Leg Pain

Leg pain or injury is an extremely common complaint, and there are many causes. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your leg pain or injury so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause. 

Leg pain and injury is extremely common. Leg pain can occur as a result of sports injuries, work injuries or simply everyday leg use. 

An accurate diagnosis is vital to the correct management of your leg pain. Leg pain can be caused by local muscle, tendon or joint injury. Alternatively, leg pain can be referred from your lower back joints. Sciatica is a well known source of referred leg pain.

Leg pain and injury respond favourably to physiotherapy intervention when early treatment is sought. Please do not delay in consulting your physiotherapist if you experience leg pain. Many leg conditions can take many months or even years to heal when the diagnosis is incorrect or treatment is neglected early.

Common Causes of Leg Pain

If you have leg pain or injury, some common causes include:

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Achilles Tendonitis / Tendinitis
  • ACL Injury
  • Adductor Tendinopathy
  • Anterior Ankle Impingement
  • Bulging Disc
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis Knee
  • Calf Muscle Tear
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Corked Thigh
  • Cramps
  • Discoid Meniscus
  • DOMS - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gluteal Tendinopathy
  • Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
  • Groin Strain
  • Hamstring Strain
  • Heel Spur
  • High Ankle Sprain
  • Hip Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Pointer
  • ITB Syndrome
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Replacement
  • Lupus
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Muscle Strain (Muscle Pain)
  • Osgood Schlatter's
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Patella Tendonitis (Tendinopathy)
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Perthes Disease
  • Pes Planus - Flat Feet
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Poor Hip Core
  • Posterior Ankle Impingement
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Retrocalcaneal Bursitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Severs Disease
  • Shin Splints
  • Sinding Larsen Johansson Syndrome
  • Slipped Femoral Capital Epiphysis
  • Spondylolysis (Back Stress Fracture)
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Stress Fracture
  • Stress Fracture Feet
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thigh Strain
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Causes of Leg Pain by Region

    Causes of Leg Pain by Structure

    Common Leg Pain Treatments

    With accurate assessment and early treatment, most arm injuries respond extremely quickly to physiotherapy allowing you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living.

    Please ask you physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.

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    Leg Pain Treatment Options

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Eccentric Strengthening
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Heel Cups
  • Orthotics
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Walking Boot
  • ACL Injury Prevention
  • Ankle Strapping
  • Brace or Support
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Foam Roller
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Neurodynamics
  • Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation (PIM)
  • Prehabilitation
  • Running Analysis
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
  • FAQs about Leg Pain

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    Last updated 23-Feb-2016 12:41 PM

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