If you are suffering from extremity pain, you might be noticing the effects of stress on joints associated with your arms, legs, wrists, ankles, shoulders, or neck.
Lower Extremity Pain
The nerves which control your lower extremities begin in the low back and lower spine. Lower extremity pain may be positional, getting better or worse depending on the body position; episodic, following an activity or without apparent cause, and is triggered as body adapts to mechanical stress, weak posture and inefficient motion.
Leg pain is a common complaint. There are many types of leg pain including:
Treatment for leg pain depends on the cause. Medications may include pain medicines, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anticoagulants (blood thinners), and others.
There can be many reasons for ankle pain, but it is often due to a sprain or injury. Once an injury, such as a sprain, has occurred the injury might take weeks or months to fully heal.
Other causes of ankle pain include:
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Septic arthritis
Other structures in the ankle that can be damaged and cause pain are:
- Blood vessels
Foot pain can affect any part of your foot. It is not always minor especially if it affects your daily life. If not treated, some types of foot pain can lead to long-term damage or disability. How and when the pain occurs and the locations of the pain are the primary clues to what may be causing the pain. Common causes of foot pain include:
- Muscle strain
Upper Extremity Pain
Pain and injury from daily overuse is a frequent cause of upper extremity pain. In general, the more frequent or the more strain an activity requires, the greater the opportunity for injury and pain.
Upper extremity pain includes:
- Arm pain
- Wrist pain
- Shoulder pain
- Hand pain
Overuse injuries can affect nearly any joint in the upper extremities, but most often affect the shoulders and wrists. Pain may be constant or may appear only during certain activities.
Treatment options for upper extremity pain vary depending on the evaluation and diagnosis.