Femoral nerve is one of the most important nerves that supplies to the lower extremity. The nerve is located near the groin regions. Femoral nerve plays a role in controlling the key muscles of the leg namely the quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteal muscles.
Damage to the nerve often results in dysfunction or neuropathy which impacts the motor functions.
Cause Of Femoral Nerve Pain
Femoral nerve pain is a symptom indicative of femoral nerve dysfunction. Some of the causes leading to the dysfunction include,
- Direct injury or trauma to the lower extremities.
- Pelvic fracture.
- Tumor or other forms of growth which can lead to nerve entrapment.
- Prolonged pressure on the nerve (usually postural and leads to temporary symptoms).
- Retroperitoneal hemorrhage following an accident.
- Surgical interventions which may require the placement of a catheter in the femoral artery.
- Chronic condition like diabetes can also lead to femoral dysfunction, resulting in pain.
Femoral Nerve Pain Symptoms
In most cases, the nerve pain is associated with dull and aching pain. Occasionally the pain may become severe and debilitating in nature. In addition, there are a host of other symptoms that may be associated with the nerve pain,
- Sensation of tingling and numbness which affects the anterior part of the leg.
- Weakness in the lower extremities, with sensation of fatigue or give out.
- Difficulty in movement of the legs, especially bending the hip or raising the knee.
How To Relieve Femoral Nerve Pain Naturally?
The treatment regimen depends upon the underlying cause for the nerve pain. In case of temporary compression, symptoms are alleviated on release of pressure. In cases of diabetes, a more systemic oriented approach is required. In general there are some home based treatment tips that can be beneficial,
- Vitamin B12 supplementation helps deal with nerve irritation and damage. It alleviates symptoms related to burning, tingling and numbness. Alternatively increase the intake of dairy products, fish, lean meat and eggs.
- Simple physical therapy exercises, under the supervision of a trained physiotherapist can help alleviate some of the symptoms. Butterfly pose, Bridge pose, etc are some postures that can help in treatment of femoral nerve pain (though guidance for a yoga trainer is imperative).
- Regulating blood sugar levels, especially in diabetic patients with femoral nerve pain, is critical. Home remedies like cinnamon help boost insulin production and regulate blood sugar levels optimally.
- Ginger and garlic are strong anti-inflammatory agents and hence can help reduce nerve irritation. Consuming a flake of garlic once a day or consuming two cups of ginger tea each day has positive effect.
- Turmeric is a potent antioxidant and an anti inflammatory agent. Add one table spoon of turmeric and equal amount of honey in a glass of warm water. Consume the mixture twice a day.
If these home remedies don’t alleviate the nerve pain, consult your physician. Surgical intervention is also an alternative which can be explored in debilitating and progressive cases.