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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 USA Spine Care 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 USA Spine Care 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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If you're living with spinal stenosis in the upper spine and searching for relief, reach out to USA Spine Care for help. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to helping people develop the right care plan to  reach treatment goals and achieve lasting relief.

Contact us today to learn more. Call toll free 1-866-249-1627.

Spinal Stenosis "Quick Answers"

Depending on the region and severity Spinal stenosis feels like tingling, burning and/or weakness in the hands, arms, neck, lower back or legs. It may also feel like a radiating pain or shooting shock-like pain. Read more in the links below: Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis Overview Defining Spinal Stenosis Researching Spinal Stenosis Learning About Back Stenosis Spinal Stenosis Pathophysiology
The types of spinal stenosis are region based and consist of cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back) and lumbar or lower back. In addition, foraminal stenosis is the narrowing of the foramen. Read more in the links below: Spinal Stenosis of the Neck Cervical Stenosis - Basic Facts Neck Stenosis Causes Neck Stenosis Treatment Central Canal Stenosis Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis in the Back
Spinal Stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. This condition, most often located in the Lumbar spine, may be caused by degeneration of the spine, wear and tear, sports injury, & collapsing discs. Read more in the links below. What Causes Spinal Stenosis? Obesity May Lead to a Stenosis Diagnosis Age and its Role in the Development of Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis Causes Identifying Common Causes From Birth Defects to Getting Older Degenerative Conditions Car Accident Injuries
The symptoms of spinal stenosis include tingling or numbness in the extremities, pain and weakness in the neck, back and/or legs. In severe cases bladder, bowel dysfunction/continence. Learn more in the links below: What Are the Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis? Spinal Stenosis Symptoms Spinal Stenosis Diagnosis What Should I Do If I Think I Have Spinal Stenosis? Spinal Stenosis and Hand Pain Recognizing Spinal Stenosis Have You Been Diagnosed? About Your Diagnosis Diagnostic Process Helping Your Physician How a Diagnosis Is Made Arriving at a Diagnosis
Physician specialties that treat spinal stenosis include: Pain management & rehabilitation physicians, spine surgeons, orthopedic specialists & neurosurgeons. Read more about these specialties in the links below: Doctors Who Treat Spinal Stenosis Spinal Decompression Doctors
Patients can expect recovery to last 4-6 weeks in most cases (depending on the complexity of your condition). People who choose minimally invasive spine surgery recover faster and get back to work sooner than those who choose open back surgery. Read more in the links below: Recovery After a Procedure What to Expect Recovery Times

  • Problems from anesthesia.
  • A deep infection in the surgical wound.
  • A skin infection.
  • Blood clots.
  • Nerve injury, including weakness, numbness, or paralysis.
  • Tears in the fibrous tissue that covers the spinal cord and the nerve near the spinal cord. These tears may require more surgery.
  • Trouble passing urine, or loss of bladder or bowel control.
  • Long-term (chronic) pain, which happens after surgery in some cases.
  • The chance that the surgery won't relieve your symptoms. And even if you get better with surgery, there is a chance that you may get new symptoms in the future.
  • Death from problems caused by surgery, but this is rare.

Read more in the links below: Overview of Risk Factors Most Common Risk Factors Obesity & Spinal Stenosis Spinal Stenosis & Arthritis Treating Elderly Patients

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