Anatomy of the leg
Leg pain can stem from either one or several of the many traumatic or non-traumatic incidents that bring about inflammation of the tissues the affects the bones, skin, your muscles, joints, tendons, blood vessels, ligament, and skin. Sometimes a back disorder may be the reason you experience pain in the legs. The skeletal structure that makes up the anatomy of the leg consists of two primary bones, the thigh bone (femur) and the tibia, and includes the fibula, while the bones of the feet and toes are quite small. The major joints of the leg are the ankle, knee and hip joints with the ligaments acting as bands that hold them in place.
To allow the bones that meet at a major joint to move freely and without friction, nature put cartilages at these meeting joints. To allow the joint to move freely, the tendons assist the attached bone muscles to contract. The primary muscles of the leg are the buttocks, quads or quadriceps, hamstrings, or gastrocnemius. The blood vessels come in two sets: the arterial system that supplies oxygenated blood to the legs from the heart and the venous system that pumps waste blood filled with carbon dioxide into the heart. To allow for accurate determining movement and decoding of the senses of touch, pressure, pain, heat, and articulation, the nerves of the spinal cord transmit signals in the brain through to the legs and back continuously.
What causes leg pain?
Leg pain is the pain that you may feel from your feet to your lower back. This pain can be caused by a constricted blood vessel, illness or an injured muscle. Your blood vessels handle blood circulation, distributes oxygen in your body and removes waste materials. A constricted blood vessel in your leg may interfere with your blood circulation. Illnesses like diabetes and sciatica are common causes of leg pain. Diabetes may lead to neuropathy, causing your nerves in your legs and feet to malfunction, resulting in severe pains in your legs. Sciatica, on the other hand, is the irritation of any of the five spinal roots causing you to feel pain on your lower back, buttock and your legs. A muscle injury like a sprained ankle causes leg pain because of the swelling or inflammation of the tissue.
What many people do not realize is that leg pain is not just caused by a direct injury to the leg or foot. It can be caused by an injury to the back which can cause the nerves to radiate pain all the way down the leg.
Why does my leg get injured?
In the human body, the single longest and largest nerve is the sciatic nerve. It reaches all the way down to the toes from the back of the legs, originating from the lower spine through gaps in the bones. The sciatic nerve is responsible for giving strength to the leg and sensation, including leg reflexes. It serves as the connecting nerve for the spinal cord to every muscle from the upper thigh to the feet, so that if it is damaged in any way, numbness, muscle weakness or tingling sensation is felt at the toes, foot, ankle, and leg. The most common cause of any leg pain, however, is trauma and chronic stress. Some оf thе саuѕеѕ оf leg pаin form naturally, through muscle cramps, blockages оf arteries, or deep Venus Thrombоѕіs (a blооd clot). Other саuѕеs of leg pаin аrе brought on by injury ѕuсh аѕ а fracture, or а completely broken bone, or а sports injury.
How do I know my leg is injured?
Different types and levels of leg pain can be just a mild twitch every once in a while to the pain that is so painful it is difficult to find a position where it does not hurt at all. It could be a pain that is numbing or even throbbing, searing or burning and it would be complicated by other symptoms such as prickling, or a weakness extending to the foot. One of the ways to identify where the pain is originating from is to track the position of the path of the pain as it travels down the leg.
What can I do to help relieve leg pain?
The underlying cause of the pain in the leg is what determine its treatment. Treating for pain in the leg could involve one or a combination of rest, cold compresses, elevation, crutches, making use of an elastic wrap, having a cast or splint, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, and surgery. In some severe scenarios, the only option left to treat sciatic leg pain is surgery. However, surgery is needed only in rare conditions. Another method is the Flexion-Distraction Therapy – a long time technique used to treat herniated disc, sciatica and leg pain with great success. The known therapies are reflexology, acupuncture, yoga, acupressure, and so on. These natural treatments are efficient and safe. The only drawback of these medicines is that they take little more time than OTC drug to show results.
What can I do to help relieve the pain with a TENS unit?
TENS is an acronym for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. EMS stands for electronic muscle stimulation. The HealthmateForever TENS EMS /PMS electrotherapy devices combine Chinese acupuncture with deep tissue massage sensations to effectively relieve tension and severe discomfort of the body without drugs or side effects. It provides relief by stimulating the muscles themselves. It sends bio-electric and non-painful pulses directly to the muscle tendons and sore joints through the skin to relieve chronic discomfort, and to eliminate pain and inflammation. Muscle stimulation is used to treat swelling and inflammation that can put a strain on both the muscles themselves and their supporting joints.
Some units can be purchased over-the-counter, and others require a prescription from a doctor. These marvelous small devices are safe to use for easing muscle pain, sciatica, fibromyalgia, chronic widespread muscle pain, depression, and fatigue syndrome.
FDA cleared Class II OTC (Over the Counter) HealthmateForever TENS & PMS devices combine modern digital programming technology, TENS & EMS technology, bioelectricity technology and human body simulation technology with ancient Chinese therapeutic methods, which are safe non-invasive, drug-free methods of pain management.
Leg pain electrode placement
Just place the electrode pads over your area of pain, select the setting that’s right for you, and increase intensity as high level as you can stand! The drug-free pain relief HealthmateForever TENS EMS/PMS system is equipped with manual modes, delivering specific treatment techniques and automatic modes, using pre-programmed pulses, to optimally provide therapeutic results ranging from deep-tissue stimulation to invigorating muscle-building, to soothing relaxation.
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