Leg, Hip, & Knee


Does this describe your pain?

  •  Muscle spasms in the front or back of your leg or hip
  • Sudden, severe pain followed by weeks of lesser pain and soreness
  • Episodic pain that seems triggered by certain activities, and helped by other activities
  • Pain that radiates from your buttocks to the back of your leg and even as far down as your foot
  • Localized hotness or tenderness in back, groin, or on the inside or outside of your hip
  • Pain that’s worse in the morning or after sitting, better after you walk around for awhile
  • Achy, dull pain that doesn’t get better when you lie down or rest your leg

Is your pain…

  •  Felt in a particular part of your leg, knee, hip, or all over
  • Chronic, just when you move, when you don’t move, or random
  • Does it radiate down your leg, or is it more isolated in one particular area
  • Better or worse when you lie down, walk around, etc.
  • Acute and debilitating, “gets in the way”, or “I can live with it, but…”
  • Only present with specific activities like lifting weights, standing, etc.

What causes most leg, hip and knee pain?

People may experience lower back, hip, leg, and knee pain due to:  

  • Accident, injury or misuse and overexertion
  • Sprains and strains
  • Excess weight
  • Skeletal misalignments
  • Inflammation or nerve pain related to other health issues
  • Pain referred to the leg, hip or knee which actually originates in the back

Which leg, hip and knee pain diagnoses are most common?

Acute or aching pain, stiffness, numbness, tingling, localized  soreness and inflammation in the lower back, hip, and knee often result  from these diagnoses:  

  • Sprains, strains, bursitis and tendonitis
  • Chondromalacia, softening of the knee’s cartilage
  • Iliotibial band syndrome and runner’s knee
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Plica syndrome (irritation or inflammation or synovial tissue)
  • Referred pain caused by spinal compression, spinal stenosis, slipped discs, and pinched nerves including sciatica
  • Chronic health issues like fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis