Pain Management Options for Patients with Spinal Stenosis and Thigh Pain

Some patients with spinal stenosis experience thigh pain as one of the symptoms of this condition. This typically happens when a space inside the spine becomes so narrow that pressure is placed upon the spinal cord or exiting nerve root. Depending on the part of the spine being compressed, patients may feel a number of uncomfortable sensations in their hips, groin and upper thighs.

Spinal stenosis-related thigh pain is most commonly caused by compression in the lower (lumbar) portion of the spine. However, some patients with compression in the upper (cervical) section of their spine can also potentially feel symptoms in their thighs.

What does spinal stenosis-related thigh pain feel like?

When thigh pain is caused by spinal stenosis, the discomfort is most often felt in the front of the leg. However, posterior thigh pain, or pain in the back of the leg, may develop after prolonged compression — for instance, if the patient stands for an extended period of time.

Spinal stenosis-related thigh pain can take several different forms, including:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Sharp pinching
  • Muscle weakness
  • Cramping or muscle spams

What can patients do to manage their spinal stenosis-related thigh pain?

Many patients find that a conservative management plan is enough to control thigh pain caused by their spinal stenosis. Medications, physical therapy, heat and ice therapy and even temporary back braces can all have a positive impact on spinal stenosis-related thigh pain. A general practitioner can help patients develop a pain management plan that is appropriate for their condition.

If, after several weeks of conservative treatment, thigh pain is still frequent and severe, surgical intervention may be necessary. Many patients delay surgery because of the risks and difficulties associated with traditional open spine procedures. As an alternative, the board-certified spine surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute perform minimally invasive spine surgery that is performed on an outpatient basis. Our procedures offer many advantages, including less risk of complication.

If you’d like to learn more about minimally invasive surgeries that treat spinal stenosis and the thigh pain it can cause, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our caring and dedicated team can offer you a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures.

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