Evaluation of Leg Pain

  • Marie Gerhard-HermanEmail author
  • Aaron Aday


Leg pain is common and there are many etiologies for non-joint leg pain. Vascular, neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions are all important causes of leg pain. It is essential to understand pain character, location, timing and triggers to identify the cause of leg pain. Examination includes an assessment of leg temperature, color, pulses, reflexes, sensation and dynamic maneuvers. Vascular causes such as peripheral artery disease and venous claudication must be considered among these causes of leg pain.


Leg pain Atherosclerosis Peripheral arterial disease Physical examination Claudication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brigham and Women’s HospitalHarvard UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Vanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA

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