Weight loss can help reduce femoral nerve pain.
Medications commonly used to reduce femoral pain are anti-inflammatories and pain relief medications. It is not uncommon for doctors to also suggest lifestyle changes such as weight loss, especially when the cause of femoral nerve dysfunction is unknown. Femoral nerve pain is typically centered in the thigh region of the leg and can be the result of injury or compression of the nerve, although in some cases no cause can be found. This nerve is responsible for activating the thigh muscles responsible for straightening the leg and giving sensation to the upper anterior region of the leg as well as the lower leg part. Symptoms of a femoral nerve injury can include numbness, a feeling of weakness in the extremity, and pain.
Femoral nerve pain can be the result of an injury.
Femoral nerve pain is usually treated with medication first. When nerve damage or compression produces swelling or inflammation, corticosteroids are often prescribed to reduce pressure on the femoral nerve from irritated surrounding tissues. If this treatment takes time to produce results or is not sufficient on its own, many medical professionals will also prescribe pain relievers in addition to anti-inflammatory medications. These pain relievers can be as mild as over-the-counter options or as potent as narcotic preparations, depending on the severity of the damage and the patient’s pain threshold.
A medical professional may examine a patient for signs of femoral nerve damage.
In some situations of femoral nerve injury, the cause may require treatments in the form of physical therapy or surgery. Physical therapy exercises may be ordered to ensure that the femoral muscles retain as much of their original strength as possible during the healing period. Braces and splints are also occasionally used to support the entire leg while the nerve needs time to recover. Surgery is only used in cases where tumors or other growths are the cause of the femoral nerve pain. Most cases of femoral nerve injury can be treated without surgical procedures, however.
Doctors often prescribe pain relievers to relieve femoral nerve pain.
Not all cases of femoral nerve pain need to be treated with doctor-prescribed medications, physical therapy, or surgery. Some patients are instructed to modify their clothing choices, such as tight belts and waistbands, in favor of looser clothing. This type of restrictive clothing can sometimes lead to compression or entrapment of the femoral nerve and cause pain. It is not uncommon for being overweight to also lead to this condition. Under these circumstances, the patient is usually advised to change their eating habits, begin a safe and effective exercise plan, and lose some of the extra weight to alleviate the symptoms of femoral nerve pain.