Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Injury

Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve Injury, otherwise known as Meralgia Paresthetica is one cause of outer thigh pain, tingling and numbness in the leg. The nerve exits the abdomen under the inguinal ligament close to the front of the hip bone.

Did you know that in pregnancy, weight gain and pressure in the groin area can cause compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve creating these symptoms. It can also affect people who have put on weight and wear tight compressive clothes, or be damaged from surgery or trauma.
One hot tip is that if you develop this with pregnancy, know that this condition will go away after giving birth! But in the meantime, anything that offloads the compressive effects where the nerve is, will help reduce and eventually eliminate these symptoms.

An accurate diagnosis will guide best management as symptoms can overlap with other issues manageable with physiotherapy. For any questions related to this, or to discuss this particular problem in more detail, reach out to us at

Julia Bruce, Physiotherapist, Evoker.

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