[Leg pain]

Internist (Berl). 2013 Nov;54(11):1304-13. doi: 10.1007/s00108-013-3340-6.
[Article in German]


Leg pain is a very common complaint in clinical medicine which deserves thorough investigation. All tissues of the lower leg are able to cause pain, each of them by different pathomechanisms. In the current review, all the different types of tissue, i.e., spine, neural plexus, peripheral nerves, muscles, and vasculature, are systematically covered. The different disease entities are explained in terms of pathophysiology and clinical picture. Diagnostic measures and pathways are sketched, as well as therapeutic approaches in some instances. Diseases of the bone and joint are omitted since they are the subject of orthopedic surgery.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Leg
  • Pain / diagnosis*
  • Pain Management / methods*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / therapy*
  • Radiculopathy / diagnosis*
  • Radiculopathy / therapy*