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Pain in upper thigh shooting down the leg, no bruising or swelling. Should i be concerned ?

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my 18 year old daughter has pain in her upper thigh shooting down her leg, no bruising or swelling, should i be concerned....had the pain for about 2 days....
Posted Thu, 12 Jul 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 58 minutes later
Thanks for posting your query.

The pain that your daughter has in the thigh and radiating down the leg is caused by compression of the nerves and is most probably neurological pain. Other possibility would be muscle strain.

Neurological pain can be diagnosed by conduction velocity and MR neurography.
Here are some general treatment measures which your daughter can follow:

1)     Provide complete rest and avoid overuse of the part for some days to prevent any repeated trauma.

2)     Apply cold compresses and take some anti inflammatory pain killer after consulting your doctor. These include Diclofenac or Ibuprofen.

3)     Apart from physiotherapy and massage, anti-inflammatory medication along with a muscle relaxant and steroid injections are useful. These can be used under medical supervision. Severe cases may need surgery.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

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