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:
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.
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 ProcedureWhat to ExpectRecovery Times
Problems from anesthesia.
A deep infection in the surgical wound.
A skin infection.
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.
^Results are typical, but not guaranteed, each patients experience with spine surgery will differ.
For more information, visit usaspinecare.com/results. The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to serve as a replacement for a medical diagnosis.
*Our MRI review is an informational review of the MRI report that you provide to us and is not a form of diagnosis. A diagnosis and a final determination of whether you may benefit from treatment at USA Spine Care can only be made after you have been physically examined by our medical professionals at USA Spine Care. The MRI review has no value and will not be billed.