Thigh Pain

Article by J. Miller, A.Kearney

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What Causes Pain in the Thighs? 

Thigh pain can be caused by local muscle or tendon injury. The major muscle groups of the thigh include your quadriceps, hamstrings, adductors (groin) and ITB. 

Hip joint conditions such as hip arthritis can refer to your front or inner thigh. Likewise, groin injuries and pelvic disorders can also refer to this region.

Thigh pain can occur as a result of sports injuries, work injuries or simply everyday leg use.

Referred Thigh Pain

Alternatively, leg pain can be referred from your lower back joints and nerves.

Sciatica is a well-known source of referred posterior leg pain. Your femoral nerve can refer to the front of your thigh. Both of these nerves can be irritated or pinched by lower back pathologies. A condition known as meralgia paraesthetica can effect that outside of your thigh.

Accurate Diagnosis

Based on the multitude of conditions that can cause thigh pain, an accurate professional diagnosis is vital to the correct management of your thigh pain. After all, it is pointless treating pain originating from a referred source as a local muscle injury.

Thigh Pain Treatment & Prognosis

Most thigh pain and injury respond favourably to physiotherapy intervention when an early accurate diagnosis and the appropriate treatment is sought. 

On the counter-side to this positive prognosis, a poorly treated or misdiagnosed source of your thigh pain may not improve. Please consult with your trusted healthcare practitioner for a thorough assessment of your thigh pain sooner rather than later for an optimal outcome.

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Common Sources of Thigh Pain

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Muscle Injuries

Other Knee-Related Conditions


Referred Pain

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Common Thigh Pain Treatments

With accurate assessment and early treatment, most thigh injuries respond extremely quickly to physiotherapy allowing you to quickly resume pain-free and normal activities of daily living.

Please ask your physiotherapist for their professional treatment advice.

Thigh Pain Treatment Options

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
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  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Walking Boot
  • Brace or Support
  • Dry Needling
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Neurodynamics
  • Prehabilitation
  • Running Analysis
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
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    Last updated 11-Oct-2019 03:33 PM

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