Meralgia Parethesia (Lateral Thigh Numbness)

During or after pregnancy, a common symptom is burning/numbness sensation of the outer thigh, (Meralgia Paresthesia) caused by nerve compression.  Other symptoms include pain, tingling, or partial sensory loss of the outer thigh. This compression can either occur at the lumbar level in the back, or in the front part of the hip.  Due to the nerve location in the pelvis, compression can occur due to the growing fetus during pregnancy or from compression while giving birth.  Physical Therapy interventions include specific stretching techniques, manual techniques to relieve compression, body mechanic changes, correct core muscle use, and reducing nerve irritation.

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