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Right Leg Pain: What Causes Pain In Right Leg?

Right Leg Pain

Right Leg Pain

Causes of Pain in Right Leg

Experiencing left or right leg pain after a long day of walking, driving or biking is normal. But if the pain remains after some time or it happens even if you are not even doing anything, it could get pretty alarming. Especially when the pain is only concentrated on one side of the leg.

There are several causes of right leg pain. It could just be because of posture, position while sitting or sleeping or inflammation of the muscles. Other causes could be blood vessel disorders, ligaments sprains, joint paint and nerve problems. Right leg pain is pretty common especially for the lower extremities. Below are some of the possible reasons of unilateral pain on the leg that could either be a left or right leg pain.

Sciatica

Pain on the right side of the leg could be caused by Sciatica. This is the pain on the large sciatic nerve that runs from the lower back down to the back of each leg. Some of the symptoms of sciatica are pain in the leg that gets worse when sitting, burning or tingling sensation on the leg, weakness, difficulty in moving and numbness, constant pain and shooting pain while standing up. Sometimes simple sciatica stretches can relieve this pain. Other causes of sciatica are lumbar spinal stenosis, isthmic spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Another cause could be deep vein thrombosis. It could start off as a pain on the legs, then swelling and then the pain just gets worse. Deep vein thrombosis happen when a blood clot is formed on the vein of the deep system of the muscle. If not treated, it could be fatal!

Labral Tear and Snapping Hip Syndrome for runners

Runners on the other hand may experience extreme pain in right leg as well. It could be caused by a labral tear which is the abrasion of the cartilaginous lining of the hip socket. This happens when there is continues stress or trauma on the hip socket. It is a serious case and definitely requires a surgery. Another is the snapping hip syndrome which is caused by the contact of the thigh bones and pelvis to the muscles of the hip.

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

In addition, it is discovered that lone left or right leg pain could also be associated with the arteries. The arteries on either side of the legs could be blocked as well and it is called the Peripheral Artery Disease. It is a muscle pain that is often related to high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and sedentary lifestyle. The symptoms are often similar to arthritis and the only way to know which is to get an ankle-brachial index (ABI) test.

Fractured Patella

If the pain is just on one leg, it could be a fractured patella or more commonly known as broken knee cap. The fracture could either be partial, complete or could be broken into several pieces. Pain on just one side, tenderness and swelling are the symptoms of fractured patella.

Acute Compartment Syndrome

The acute compartment syndrome happens when the pressure on the lower leg muscles are increased to dangerous levels. The pressure could restrict the blood flow, block nutrients and oxygen, and may lead to severe muscle damage. It could be caused by fractures on the lower extremities, serious muscle bruising, anabolic use of steroids and constricting bandages.

Calf Muscle Strain

The strain or tearing of the calf muscle on just one leg may also cause left or right leg pain. The calf muscles are one of the most commonly strained muscles in the body caused by too much pressure on the calf muscles or the overuse of it. Making sure to stretch correctly is important before or after any strenuous activity which could lead to a strained muscle. To learn how to stretch your entire body with safe and easy to do stretches, take a look at the Safe Stretching Guide.

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Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Trigger point therapy complete self treatment kitMuscle knots… Who would have thought they could be such a pain in the ass.. and back.. and hip.. and neck.. and leg? – Yikes!

Myofascial Pain Syndrome (muscle knots, muscle pain) is often misdiagnosed as a more serious back problem – misalignment of the hips, a herniated or bulging disc, or sciatica, just to name a few. Luckily, most cases of chronic back pain are not nearly as serious as they seem (or feel). More often than not the pain is actually being caused by ‘trigger points’, also known as muscle knots.

If you’re new to trigger points (TrPs) then you’re probably thinking something like ‘No way! My pain is real, horrible, crippling back pain and my doctor said I have a herniated L5 lumbar disc that’s putting pressure on my sciatic nerve and that is what’s causing it. My pain is definitely NOT caused by a simple muscle knot! My pain is MUCH more serious!’ But before you move on to the next article looking for help with low back pain, neck pain, or sciatica, please give this article some attention.

I’ve been suffering from bad back pain, sciatic pain, and pain that feels like it’s just under my butt cheek, across my lower back, and into my hip, sometimes radiating down my right leg. This has been going on for a long time, several years, and the pain can be extreme sometimes. I’ve been ‘diagnosed’ with having a right side high hip with a backwards tilt on the right side as well, so it’s easy to believe that my twisted hips are causing uneven pressure on the lower discs in my back, also putting pressure on my sciatic nerve.

At first it seems completely logical why I’d have such terrible, nagging back pain, but luckily I am now convinced that most of my pain is actually being caused by something much, much simpler… And easier to treat! Myofascial pain is looking more and more like the culprit behind my persistent back pain.

After a few trigger point therapy sessions and a lot of studying myofascial pain, I am fairly certain that the majority of my pain is actually being caused by nasty trigger points. My pain level seems to be going down after each trigger point therapy session. That’s right, simple muscle knots can cause an incredible amount of pain! Who woulda thunk it?!

Trigger points often mimick more serious injuries and can lead even the best physical therapists and chiropractors to give an incorrect diagnoses. The patient usually accepts the incorrect diagnoses because things like herniated discs, pinched nerves, and improper alignment sound like they would hurt, while muscle knots don’t sound all that painful. Usually trigger points go untended and they are actually the true cause of most chronic back pain.

I’m not saying that herniated discs, sciatica, and improper alignment are nonexistent, they certainly are real and they happen more often than they should, but often if the injury doesn’t seem to heal after a few weeks it’s because of trigger points, not an injury that won’t heal. Our bodies are designed to heal from injury, and pain is supposed to alert us to something that’s not quite right with our bodies. Unfortunately, muscle knots can hurt an awful lot, and they mimick the effects of other back injuries… Leading the patient and doctor to both believe the pain is coming from something other than muscles.

Luckily, once a person becomes aware of trigger points and how to treat them their pain often becomes much more bearable or even nonexistent. After a few weeks of trigger point work much of the pain can be completely eliminated. Some people even get instant relief after only one or two sessions! And the best part about finding out about trigger points is finding out that they are easy to treat, even on your own at home.

There is one absolutely fantastic tutorial about trigger points and back pain and it’s available at SaveYourself.ca. It’s an ebook, so you can only read it on the website, you don’t actually get a physical copy of the book, but I highly recommend it if you’re interested in learning about trigger points and how to treat them. Paul’s writing style in the tutorial makes it an easy and even entertaining read and it’s the best resource I’ve ever found for trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome information and self-treatments. There is also a really good book called the Trigger Point Therapy Workbook. You can find out more about that book in the back pain books portion of this website.

More trigger point info coming soon!

What Are Trigger Points?

Trigger points are usually called ‘knots’ by most people but they are actually small groups of muscle fibers that have contracted and don’t want to release. This usually happens when the area around the trigger point has become stressed due to an injury or a muscle imbalance. These knots can cause some people far more pain than they could have ever imagined because often these knots produce radiating pain to other parts of the body, mimicking the pain of the injury that first caused the muscle fibers to contract and not want to release. There are a few trigger point technologies that some people have found helpful when learning how to self treat trigger points listed below.

How To Self Treat Trigger Points

There are several ways to self treat your trigger points, and since all it really takes is to place a strong amount of pressure directly on the contracted muscle fibers in order to get them to release, all you need to be able to do is locate them and then find a way to put pressure in the right spot… Then you try to focus as you push through the initial pain until the trigger point releases and the pain begins to go away.

Some parts of the body are hard to get at without the help of either another person or some sort of trigger point technologies to help you get at those hard to reach spots.

Trigger Point Technologies

The first trigger point self treatment kit that I’d like to tell you about is probably the best one if you’re looking for a way to reach all of the potential places for trigger points to develop without needing the assistance of a physiotherapist or massage therapist. That’s the beauty of these new trigger point technologies, you don’t need to have a trained (and expensive) care provider to get rid of your own trigger points!

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Trigger point therapy complete self treatment kit

Using this kit is easy, and it comes with everything you need, including trigger point charts and an instructional DVD to help you get started on your own path to a life without muscle pain!

Watch this video to find out if this kit is right for you

There are many other trigger point technologies out there that can help you in treating your back pain, but this kit comes with everything you need to get at ALL of the trigger points in your back, not just some of them.

Pretty much everyone I know who has tried this at home has thought it was worth buying, except for one person who emailed me and wasn’t happy because he wanted to use the kit to reach a tough trigger point in his leg and he wasn’t able to put enough pressure to release the trigger point while lying on the board.

I told him to try using it a bit differently and use the wall instead of the floor, and he reported back that it worked quite well, he just had to be a bit creative with this trigger point technology to make it work for the knot in his calf muscle.

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