What is Leg & Knee Pain?

While you may not be surprised to learn that leg and knee pain is exactly what it sounds like–chronic pain in the leg or knee–you might not know that leg pain is extremely common. It’s also prevalent among people of all age groups, and can be caused from diverse sources, including various injuries and an assortment of medical conditions.

That’s why it’s important to talk to a professional pain doctor when it comes to treating knee and leg pain, so you can fully understand the underlying issue and what steps you can take to recover.

Common Causes of Leg & Knee Pain

Leg pain can be caused by a variety of sources, including:

Muscle Strain or Sprain: 

Overstretching or tearing of muscles or ligaments around the knee or leg can result in pain, swelling, and limited mobility.


This degenerative joint disease can affect the knees, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: 

An autoimmune disease impacting the joints, including the knees, causing inflammation, pain, and deformity.


Inflammation of the bursae (fluid-filled sacs cushioning joints) near the knee can result in knee pain and swelling.


Inflammation or irritation of a tendon, often around the knee, causing pain, tenderness, and difficulty moving the knee.

Meniscus Tear: 

A tear in the knee's rubbery cartilage (meniscus) can cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited knee mobility.

Ligament Injuries: 

Injuries to knee ligaments like ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) or MCL (medial collateral ligament) tears can lead to significant pain and instability.


Compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, resulting in leg pain radiating down the leg.


Symptoms of leg and knee pain can manifest in any part of the leg, including your muscles, nerves, and joints like your hip, knee, ankle, or foot. These symptoms may include pain, stiffness, weakness, swelling, and reduced range of motion.

Treatments for Leg & Knee Pain: 

Am I at Risk of Developing Leg & Knee Pain?

Leg & Knee Pain can affect anyone, but it's especially common in patients at risk for or already diagnosed with various forms of arthritis, low back problems, or those prone to injury.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Leg & Knee Pain preventable?

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This type of pain can potentially be prevented through a healthy diet and exercise. However, many causes of leg and knee pain are due to chronic degeneration (wear and tear) over many years, which is often not preventable and is part of the aging process.

What are the most common symptoms of Leg & Knee Pain?

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Symptoms can occur in any part of the leg, including the muscles, nerves, and joints like the hip, knee, ankle, or foot. They may include pain, stiffness, weakness, swelling, and reduced range of motion.

Can knee or leg pain be treated?

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Yes! Many treatments are available for leg and knee pain, including various injections and interventions tailored to the specific condition.

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Treat Your Leg & Knee Pain at Greater Austin Pain Center:

At Greater Austin Pain Center, we take a comprehensive approach to pain management. That’s why we diagnose your symptoms while considering your overall health, medical history, and individual factors, and recommend custom treatment plans to address the source of your pain.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your Leg or Knee pain treatment in Kyle, San Marcos, Dripping Springs or our pain center in Austin! We can’t wait to help treat your pain and ensure your full recovery!

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