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Physical Therapy for Leg Pain

The first step in treating leg pain is to determine the exact cause of the problem. At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, we complete a full examination with the inclusion of a number of diagnostic tools, including Electrodiagnostic Nerve Testing, Fluoroscopy, and traditional x-ray.

Most causes of leg pain can be treated with a conservative, drug-free, and healthy approach. Physical therapy is an important part of this type of care. The various physical therapy modalities that may be used to treat the disorders that cause leg pain may include any of the following:

Exercise: When leg pain is experienced, exercise can be a useful tool in helping restore flexibility, stability, and range of motion. Exercises vary from patient to patient (depending on factors such as age and medical history) and should only be attempted under the guidance of a physical therapist.

Hot and Cold Therapy: Cold therapy works by slowing circulation, which may reduce inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain. Used alternately, heat increases circulation in order to speed healing by enhancing the flow of oxygen and other nutrients to the site of injury or pain.

Electrotherapy: This technique assists with tissue repair and can help improve mobility in patients with leg pain. In particular, it is used to reduce pain and inflammation, and to address muscle spasms and weakness.

Traction: Spinal Decompression Traction removes the pressure on nerves that may be the cause of leg pain. This is particularly helpful for patients suffering from nerve-related leg pain such as those with sciatica.

Low Level Laser Therapy: Also known as Cold Laser Therapy, this treatment speeds up the healing process at the cellular level. It can also help boost circulation and prevent the formation of scar tissue.