How is meralgia paresthetica treated?

The symptoms of meralgia paresthetica are relieved by treating the underlying cause. Your treatment may involve losing weight, wearing loose clothing, or avoiding certain restrictive items like belts.

Many people with meralgia paresthetica benefit from other interventions like:

  • Physical therapy, specialized exercises and stretches
  • Phonophoresis, which uses ultrasound waves to help your body absorb topically applied pain medications
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to provide symptom relief by using an electric current to stimulate your nerve

Your doctor may recommend medications to help ease your symptoms, including:

In more severe cases, corticosteroid injections or injectable pain medications may relieve symptoms.

Rarely, surgery is necessary to correct any compression on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. Surgery is usually only recommended for people who try other treatments but still experience symptoms.

What complications are associated with meralgia paresthetica?

Left untreated, meralgia paresthetica may cause increased pain, numbness, or other sensations like burning. These effects may interfere with your ability to walk or move normally.

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