Leg Pain Topic Guide
Leg Pain: There are a variety of causes of leg pain. Some of the common causes include fractures, strains, sprains, bleeding, diseases such as gout, peripheral artery disease, and cancer. Leg pain can also be caused by blood clots, sciatica, neuropathy, joint pain, muscle injury, and skin abnormalities. Treatment of leg pain depends on the cause.
DVT (Blood Clot in the Leg, Deep Vein Thrombosis)
Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg, DVT) is a blood clot imbedded in one of the major veins of the lower body, including the legs, thighs, or pelvis. Disease and conditions that put you at risk of DVT are many, and include:
Symptoms of DVT include:
Treatment for a blood clot in the leg include:
You can prevent a blood clot in the leg by moving around during prolonged
periods of immobility, taking your medicine as your doctor has prescribed,
getting up and moving as soon as possible after surgery or an illness (this
lowers your chances of getting DVT), and exercising your leg muscles during long
trips (particularly the lower leg muscles).
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