Meralgia Paresthetica and Chiropractic Care

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Meralgia paresthetica is a nerve condition that causes tingling, numbness, and a burning sensation in the outer thigh. It can be distressing and disruptive to a person’s ability to live a normal life. Chiropractic care offers a promising, non-invasive approach to addressing these symptoms by focusing on nerve pathways and spinal alignment. At Bare Chiropractic, we believe that symptom relief and management are possible through effective care.

What Is Meralgia Paresthetica?

This condition is marked by discomfort or pain in the outer part of the thigh, a direct result of compression or squeezing of the nerve that supplies sensation to this area. People with meralgia paresthetica often find it difficult to manage these symptoms through conventional medical treatments alone. Symptoms typically include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the thigh
  • A burning sensation in the affected areas
  • Increased sensitivity to touch

Meralgia paresthetica is primarily caused by compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. This compression can occur due to several factors, such as wearing tight clothing, obesity, pregnancy, or any condition that increases pressure on the groin area. It may also arise from repetitive movements or activities that involve extensive hip flexion, contributing to nerve entrapment. In some cases, it can be associated with diabetes or other health conditions that impact nerve health.

Chiropractic Approaches to Meralgia Paresthetica

At Bare Chiropractic, a comprehensive evaluation is the first step in diagnosing meralgia paresthetica. Dr. Thomas Keogh and his team will perform a thorough physical examination and review medical history to pinpoint the cause of nerve compression. We may also use specific tests to evaluate nerve function and to ensure accurate diagnosis and effective treatment planning.

Once we have confirmed the condition, chiropractic care can play a crucial role in managing meralgia paresthetica by focusing on reducing nerve pressure and enhancing bodily function without surgery. Improper alignment of the spine and pelvis can add pressure to nerves, including the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. Chiropractic adjustments help realign these structures, reducing nerve compression and facilitating better nerve function. This can lead to a noticeable reduction in pain and discomfort.

Our plans may include a series of adjustments, supplemented by techniques such as manual nerve release which can directly target the areas of nerve entrapment, providing significant relief from the symptoms.

Preventive Care and Regular Maintenance

Beyond immediate relief, chiropractic care emphasizes the prevention of future health issues and the recurrence of meralgia paresthetica. Regular chiropractic adjustments ensure that the spine remains well-aligned, which is vital for sustaining nerve health and overall nervous system function. This preventive approach helps maintain long-term health and reduces the likelihood of nerve compression reoccurring.

Find Relief at Bare Chiropractic 

If you are suffering from symptoms of meralgia paresthetica, consider chiropractic care. At Bare Chiropractic, our experienced team is ready to help you overcome this painful condition and guide you toward a healthier life. Schedule your appointment today to receive a personalized care plan designed to provide lasting relief. You don’t have to live with nerve pain—take the first step towards recovery and improved well-being now!


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