Are you experiencing Meralgia Paresthetica?
Meralgia Paresthetica is otherwise known as a burning/itching/tingling/pins and needles/numbness sensation in the outside aspect of the thigh between the hip and the knee.
It can be very painful and get even worse with tight clothing or while sitting for long periods of time.
Lateral Cutaneous Nerve
The lateral cutaneous nerve from L2 and L3 nerve roots of the lumbar spine crosses under the inguinal ligament in the groin and continues into the lateral aspect of the thigh.
This nerve is purely responsible for sensation in that area of the leg and does not control any muscles.
Cause of Meralgia Paresthetica
This nerve can become entrapped in the surround musculature and soft tissues above or below the groin.
When the nerve becomes stuck or entrapped, it becomes more and more irritated since it cannot slide up and down with our normal movements.
This inability to move is what causes the symptoms mentioned above.
How to fix Meralgia Paresthetica
The best thing to do in this case is to first stop wearing any tight fitting clothes or underwear that might be putting more pressure on this nerve.
If this doesn’t work, then you should seek out professional help from the best soft tissue minded chiropractor in your area.
This is a very small and difficult nerve to find and treat, and may take several visits to resolve completely. Be patient, and let a professional help you get through it.