Meralgia paresthetica, also known as, Bernhardt-Roth Syndrome is a nerve disorder that causes numbness and pain in the upper and outer parts of the thighs. The pain is not related to any injury but is because of the damage to an important nerve connecting the thighs to the vertebral column.
Pain sensation is the most prominent symptom of Meralgia paresthetica, and it primarily affects one side. Long periods of standing or walking may increase the pain.
Treatment approach to the condition typically follows a four pronged approach consisting of:
- Physical therapy to build the muscles of the legs, lower back, and buttocks, and improve the mobility of the hips
- Wearing loose fitted clothing
- Weight loss and exercise
- Surgical treatment (sensory nerve surgery)