Meralgia paresthetica, a condition also referred to as Bernhardt-Roth syndrome, is a neurological disorder characterized by several symptoms such as tingling, numbness, and even acute pain on a person’s outer thigh. Other symptoms can also include sensitivity to both light and heat on the upper leg. While meralgia paresthetica is not generally a serious medical affliction, it can cause mild to moderate discomfort that may limit a person’s ability to perform daily tasks and physical activities. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and risks of this neurological condition can help you understand when to seek medical care and attention.
Common Causes Of Meralgia Paresthetica
Compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, which branches out from the lumbar plexus and carries sensation to the upper thigh, can trigger the burning discomfort associated with meralgia paresthetica. Several factors and conditions can create excessive stress and pressure on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve:
- Tight clothing
- Hip surgery
Even standing or walking for long periods of time can compress the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve and lead to pain and tingling on the outer thigh. Other factors, like wearing a heavy utility belt for extended stretches, and having diabetes can also put someone at risk for developing this condition. Your age can also impact susceptibility; most people suffering meralgia paresthetica are between the ages of 30-60.
Meralgia paresthetica can often be diagnosed based on a physical exam from your doctor. During your patient consultation, your chiropractor will discuss your medical history and consider the type, area, and severity of the pain. Your doctor may also perform various strength and reflex tests to exclude other conditions that may be triggering the sensitivity. There are many examinations your doctor may conduct to eliminate other conditions and diagnose meralgia paresthetica.
Treatment And Management Of The Neurological Disorder
After diagnosis, it’s important to follow a treatment plan to alleviate the pins-and-needles sensation that accompanies this neurological condition. Losing weight and wearing looser clothing can have a direct impact on the discomfort. Additionally, seeking the care of a chiropractic neurologist can also help relieve the tingling linked to meralgia paresthetica. An experienced chiropractic neurologist may suggest a variety of treatment options, which may include a light tissue massage, changes in diet, and various stretching exercises. Incorporating multiple treatment strategies can help reduce compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, reducing the pain, burning, and surface sensitivity with long-term results.
Are you suffering from meralgia paresthetica? Contact our team of chiropractic neurologists today to consult with a qualified specialist about your condition.