Meralgia Paresthetica

Meralgia paresthetica is a nerve condition that affects the outer thigh area. It occurs when the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, which runs from the spinal cord to the thigh, becomes compressed or damaged. This can cause a range of symptoms, including pain, numbness, and tingling in the affected area. While it is not usually a serious condition, meralgia paresthetica can be uncomfortable and interfere with daily activities. Chiropractic care is an effective treatment option for meralgia paresthetica, providing relief from symptoms and restoring normal nerve function..

Causes of Meralgia Paresthetica

Meralgia paresthetica can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Tight clothing: Wearing tight clothing around the waist or thigh can put pressure on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve and cause compression.
  • Obesity: Excess weight can put pressure on the nerve, leading to compression.
  • Pregnancy: The weight gain and pressure on the pelvic area during pregnancy can also cause compression of the nerve.
  • Lumbar Vertebral Misalignment/Subluxation: A misalignment within the lumbar spine, specifically L2 and/or L3 (in most cases), can put pressure on the nerve roots that make up the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve and lead to a person having this condition. The facet joints of L2 and/or L3 can also be involved, putting additional pressure on the nerve root that passes right past these joints.
  • Diabetes: Diabetes can lead to nerve damage and compression, including the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve.
  • Injury: Direct injury to the thigh or pelvis area can cause nerve damage and compression.

Symptoms and Problems

The most common symptoms of meralgia paresthetica include:

  • Pain: Sharp or burning pain in the outer thigh, which may worsen with standing or walking.
  • Numbness: Loss of sensation in the outer thigh area.
  • Tingling: A pins-and-needles sensation in the outer thigh.

In addition to these symptoms, meralgia paresthetica can also cause problems with daily activities, such as difficulty standing, walking, or even sitting for prolonged periods. Over time these problems can take a toll on the body and potentially increase the chances of developing anxiety, depression, fatigue and stressing relationships at work and home.

Treatment Options

The treatment for meralgia paresthetica will depend on the severity of the condition and the underlying cause. Conservative treatments may be recommended initially, including:

  • Rest: Taking a break from activities that aggravate the condition can help to alleviate symptoms.
  • Pain medication: Over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can help to reduce pain.
  • Physical therapy: Gentle exercises and stretches can help to improve flexibility and reduce pressure on the nerve.
  • Chiropractic care: Chiropractic care is an effective treatment option for meralgia paresthetica. Chiropractors use a range of techniques, such as spinal adjustments and soft tissue therapy, to alleviate pain, reduce numbness and tingling, and restore normal nerve function.

Why Chiropractic Care is an Excellent Option

Chiropractic care is a safe and very effective treatment option for meralgia paresthetica. It is non-invasive and drug-free, making it a great choice for individuals who prefer natural healing methods. Chiropractic care can also be tailored to each patient’s individual needs, providing personalized treatment plans that address the root cause of the condition. Additionally, chiropractic care has no to minimal side-effects and is often less expensive than other treatment options, making it a cost-effective option for many individuals.


Meralgia paresthetica is a nerve condition that can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the outer thigh area. While there are many causes of this condition, chiropractic care is a very effective treatment option that can provide relief from symptoms and restore normal nerve function. If you are experiencing symptoms of meralgia paresthetica, feel free to schedule a consultation or treatment with Dr. Post at Zumbrota Chiropractic so that you can start feeling better as soon as possible.

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