Leg pain can limit your activities at home and work, and prevent you from doing the things you enjoy. To alleviate your leg pain, give us a visit at Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates. We offer leg pain treatments to residents living in and around Atlanta, Alpharetta, and Sandy Springs.
What is Leg Pain?
Leg pain can occur as a result of injury or due to injuries in the back. The sacroiliac joint, which connects the hip to the spine, is a common cause of leg pain when dysfunction occurs. This will often cause lower back pain in addition to leg pain. Sciatica is another source of leg pain, which occurs when numbing or tingling sensations travel down the sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. Aging can cause spinal stenosis, or the narrowing of the spinal cord. This is often a cause of leg pain, and can also cause weakness in the legs.
Epidural Injections for Leg Pain
Many spinal conditions, including a lumbar herniated disc, can cause inflammation or pressure on the nerve roots leading out of the spine, resulting in pain, tingling, or numbness along those nerves. A lumbar epidural steroid injection may be used to reduce the inflammation around the spinal nerves. During an epidural steroid injection, the medication is injected into the region surrounding the spinal cord, which is called the epidural space. Nerve roots are located in the epidural space, and by targeting the inflamed nerve roots, an epidural steroid injection can reduce inflammation and reduce pain.
Lumbar Sympathetic Block for Leg Pain
If you are experiencing leg pain as a result of back pain or injury, you may benefit from a lumbar sympathetic block. A lumbar sympathetic nerve block injection delivers local anesthetic into the “sympathetic nerve tissue.” The injection blocks the sympathetic nerves in order to reduce pain, swelling, color, and sweating in the lower extremities. It may also improve mobility. The injection, which takes only a few minutes, consists of a local anesthetic (like lidocaine or bupivacaine), Epinephrine (adrenaline), and steroids. If you experience pain relief after the first injection, we will recommend you return for repeat injections. You may need as few as 2 – 4 or you may need more than 10, as the response to injections varies. The duration of relief should get longer after each injection.
Am I a Good Candidate for Treatment?
If you are experiencing leg pain as a result of injury, back pain, or back injury, you may be a good candidate for treatment. To find out if you are a good candidate for these treatments, schedule an appointment with our office. During your initial appointment, a doctor at Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates will review your medical history and complete a thorough exam to ensure that you are a good candidate.
If you are considering treatment for leg pain, contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and Alpharetta. Southeastern Interventional Pain Associates offers a range of advanced pain management techniques to help patients achieve relief.