Thigh pain- Femoral Neuropathy- Chiropractic Advice
What is femoral neuropathy?
Femoral neuropathy is caused by an injury to the femoral nerve causing various combinations of sensory loss and pain down the leg to the foot and anterior thigh weakness. The pain generally radiates down the medial thigh and calf and the muscle weakness in the quadriceps makes it difficult for patients to extend their knee without the feeling of buckling. With femoral neuropathy, the quadriceps reflex is often diminished or absent so close examination of this is an important aspect of the physical examination.
How does this injury occur?
This can result from direct injury to the front of your groin region, a tumor or other space occupying lesion (which would be entrapping part of the nerve), prolonged pressure on the nerve, prolonged immobilization, a pelvic fracture, surgical trauma, radiation to the pelvis, bleeding into the space behind the abdomen. There is also a chance diabetes may cause this due to fluctuations in blood sugar and blood pressure
The symptoms of femoral neuropathy include:
- Difficulty walking
- Numbness into your limb; most commonly inside of thigh and can extend down to feet
- Tingling in any part of the leg
- Dull ache in the genital region
- Muscle weakness in the lower limb/s
- Difficulty with extending the knee (quadriceps weakness)
- Feeling like your leg or knee is going to give way
- Pain in the anterior medial knee joint
What can I do?
There are various treatment options that can be administered in the management of femoral neuropathy including manual therapy, exercises to build up muscle strength, stretches for the region and many more. Manual therapies are a common technique used to relieve the entrapped nerve and get everything functioning the way that it used to before. Chiropractic is a common technique used for femoral neuropathy as it incorporates, adjustments, interferential stimulation, low level laser, massage, thumper, acupuncture and exercises to relieve the tight muscle group.
At Lakeside Chiropractic our trained professionals have treated many nerve entrapments including the femoral nerve and incorporate many of the techniques as mentioned above. Lakeside chiropractic is located in Joondalup in Perth’s north and has visitors from many different suburbs including, Padbury, Kinross, Mindarie, Sorrento, Iluka, Carramar, Currambine, Tapping, Pearsall, Hocking and Woodvale. HICAPS Facilities available on site for major private health insurers (NIB, HCF, HBF, AHM, HCI and HIF) and also a part of the Medibank preferred practitioner and BUPA Members first network. If you would like to discuss any concerns, have any enquires or wish to book an appointment; feel free to contact one of our friendly staff on 9300 0095 or visit our website at www.lakesidechiro.com.au