Treating Leg Pain with Mountain Ice
Our legs seem sturdy -- after all, they're the main source of our physical strength and balance -- but they're susceptible to many conditions and injuries that can limit your physical activity and quality of life. Mountain Ice can help! If you find your legs joints or muscles ache, or to simply prevent pain before it starts, consider using Mountain Ice. It has combined the active ingredient of menthol with powerful natural plants and extracts to create a specifically designed formula that reaches pain at the source. This combination is formulated to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and promote better muscle and joint healing.
When leg pain strikes, apply Mountain Ice. The ingredients formulated in Mountain Ice are all known for their anti-inflammatory properties. The smooth and gentle touch absorbs directly into the skin without the greasy feel that other products can leave. Mountain Ice also prides itself on being made with products grown directly from the earth, without any chemicals or harsh fillers added.
Types of Leg Pain
The key to treating leg pain, is recognizing its causes and source. We're going to distinguish leg pain from knee pain, as the knee is a surprisingly complex area that has a host of unique problems. Leg pain can be roughly classified as musculoskeletal, neurological, or vascular. The former two types are the ones we'll be focusing on.
Musculoskeletal leg pain includes the following:
- Shin splints.
- Hamstring strain.
- Fractures and stress fractures.
- Some cramps or spasms.
Neurological leg pain includes the following:
- Restless leg syndrome.
- Neuropathy, or nerve damage.
- Sciatic nerve pain.
- Some cramps or spasms.
Types of Knee Pain
In general, knee pain is either immediate (acute) or long term (chronic). Acute knee pains can be caused by an acute injury or infection. Chronic knee pain is often from injuries or inflammation, such as arthritis, but can also be caused by infection.
Acute Knee Pain includes the following:
- Sprained and torn cruciate ligaments, such as your ACL or PCL.
- Tendon ruptures, such as a quadriceps tendon rupture.
- Meniscal injuries, which is an injury to the meniscus.
- Knee dislocation, which is a medical emergency.
- Dislocated kneecap (patella)
Chronic Knee Pain includes the following:
- Arthritis of the knee, which is an inflammatory disorder of the knee joint.
- Knee Osteoarthritis, which is caused by degeneration of knee cartilage.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is a connective tissue disease of the knee.
- Crystalline Arthritis, which include gout and pseudo gout.
- Bursitis, which results from trauma, an infection, or crystalline deposits.
- Infectious Arthritis
- Patellofemoral Syndrome & Chondromalacia Patella
- Jumper's Knee, also known as tendonitis
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
When to Call the Doctor for Leg Pain
Not all leg pain can be solved by a topical pain reliever! If your symptoms have not gone away after trying a week of at home therapy and over the counter medications, you should set up an appointment with your doctor, physical therapist, or sports medicine orthopedic specialist to further evaluate the source of the pain. However, you should always contact a doctor right away if you are concerned about pain.
If you cannot put weight on your leg, feel sick, have a fever, or if your knee is red and hot, you should immediately seek care from a doctor or other qualified health care professional, as that signifies the possibility of a fracture or infection. Many fractures may require immobilization or surgery. Remember that infections need immediate attention and prompt care. Putting off seeing a doctor may only hinder healing.
Other signs and symptoms that demand emergency evaluation include:
- Unbearable pain
- Pain that doesn't improve with rest
- Pain that wakes you
- Large wounds
- Puncture wounds
Please consult with your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional before taking any medication, supplements, or beginning a new health regimen.