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Using Online Tools To Help In ITB And Lumbar Strain Diagnosis

Whether you have pain due to runner’s knee, or have been exercising or lifting heavy objects incorrectly, your lumbar (low back) and leg pain may be due to injury to the muscles or ligaments in the region. In most cases, the pain goes away with rest, local heat or ice treatments and gradual stretching. Unusually severe or persistent pain should be evaluated by a health care provider. Similarly any pain that also has unusual symptoms associated with it such as fevers, weight loss, joint redness or swelling, or pain which wakens you at night should be evaluated immediately.

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Some conditions cause pain in similar areas. For instance both sciatica and iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome may cause upper leg pain. One way to help identify the features of these conditions is to use an online tool, created by physicians to start your evaluation and educate yourself about your pain.

A good online pain symptom evaluator, will use the information about your symptoms to alert you and your doctor about your possible conditions and provide educational materials as well. For instance, based on your symptoms, like low back pain or leg pain, you may be at higher risk for having acute lumbar strain or a condition like sciatica.

If your symptoms are similar to stinging or snapping sensation above or outside the knee joint, thickening of the tissue over the femur, or pain when the foot strikes the ground or after activity, it may be because of Illiotial band (ITB) syndrome.

Since the best online symptom evaluators are personal and interactive they can be used without worrying about your privacy, you are free to discuss your symptoms. For instance, you can evaluate all possible areas of the pain, such as pain on the side of the knee (a symptom of an ITB syndrome diagnosis) or pain in the front of the knee (a symptom of patellofemoral syndrome). Similarly, you can also study about pulled back muscles or the acute lumbar strain, which is related to stretching and micro-tearing of the lumbar ligaments. These ligaments are fibrous, tough connective tissue between the vertebral back bones.

It is important to make sure that you always choose a good website, when searching for explanations of your leg or back problems. Since common back injuries and leg pain can sometimes be related to rare or painful conditions, it is recommended that you look for site with reliable information and detailed interactive questions that focus on different types and areas of your pain. This will help provide information to your doctors to give you the most accurate diagnosis, to help you find relief from your painful symptoms. Lastly, always fill your symptoms correctly to obtain the most accurate results.

It is always wise to visit a licensed health practitioner if the pain worsens or doesn’t go away on its own within two weeks. In certain cases, where the diagnosis tool refers that you are at high risk for a severe condition, seek medical attention immediately.

About Author:

Douglas Roberts MD is the rheumatologist and founder of PainSpot. PainSpot is dedicated to providing you with information about your pain and help you with an easy-to-use website to find relief from your pain.

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