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Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedics)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedics)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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  • Thigh pain even when doing nothing

  • I have pain in my right thigh

  • Thighs hurt when I lie still

  • Pain in the upper leg (thigh)

  • Thigh hurts at rest

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About the Symptom

It describes any painful sensation in the thigh area between the hip and knee. It may be pressing, sharp, burning, or dull.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Lower leg edema

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Back pain

  • Low back pain

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Edema

Possible Causes

Generally, Thigh pain can be related to:

  • Piriformis Syndrome

    The sciatic nerve is responsible for muscle control and sensation of the leg. Sometimes, it can be compressed by the piriformis muscle in the buttocks. This can result in symptoms that are often similar to a slipped disc or nerve compression in the spine.

  • Lumbar Vertebrae Disk Herniation

    Also known as a slipped disc, this condition is characterized by injury to the cushioning discs between the spinal bones in the lower back (lumbar vertabrae) that causes the disc to bulge outward or rupture. The disc bulge puts pressure on adjacent nerves, which causes pain, leg weakness, or numbness. Poor posture, exercising with incorrect form, or occasionally benign non-lifting movement are some possible causes of this disorder.

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

    A condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually affecting the legs. The blood clot impairs blood circulation. Sometimes, the clots can dislodge and travel to an artery in your lung, which is a medical emergency.

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Myalgia (Muscle Pain)
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Lumbar Spondylosis
  • Osteoporosis

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Thigh pain may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Decompression Sickness

    Decompression sickness (also called "the bends") refers to problems caused by a rapid decrease in surrounding pressure (either air or water). This causes gases to dangerously shift out of the bloodstream. It most commonly occurs during scuba diving when surfacing too quickly. Rarely, it can happen in airplanes, typically in military pilots traveling at high speeds through upper and lower atmosphere layers.

  • Cellulitis / Erysipelas

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Are your thighs hurting?

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References

  • Jayanthi P, Philip S, Lopez P. When is Thigh Pain a Problem? J Emerg Med. 2018 Aug;55(2):e53-e55. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2018.04.062. Epub 2018 Jun 2. PMID: 29871828.

    https://www.jem-journal.com/article/S0736-4679(18)30490-6/fulltext

Reviewed By:

Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedics)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedics)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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