Table of Contents
- How People Describe This Pain Pattern
- How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern
- Self-Care – Getting Relief on Your Own
- Musculoskeletal Anatomy Behind Your Pain
- Therapy Notes for Massage and Bodywork
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How People Describe This Pain Pattern
Get Professional Help
As I mentioned above, a vertebral disc or meniscus can create similar pain. Notably, the disc pain tends to be more painful or electric as it spirals around the thigh. However, a seasoned professional needs to determine if you’re in real trouble and need treatment for your back or knee.
My Own Experience
I’ve helped many patients with this but had a bout with it myself a few months before writing this post. Like many of my patients, it came with other pain patterns in thigh muscles. The knee pain was sharp and concerning. It put a real cramp in my leg workout. Additionally, a shadow of pain spiraled from the corner of my hip to the inside of my knee. At various times, that pain shifted up and down my thigh.
Fortunately, my professional experience helped me ferret the trigger points and assess the other factors. Also, I was heading on a trip with lots of walking on uneven ground. Worse, I was taking long plane rides that would require holding my knees together, which seemed to aggravate this. Ultimately, I was able to quell the irritation and be able to enjoy my trip with minor inconvenience. My knee was barking a bit on days with lots of steps, but only in the first few days. Naturally, I take pain patches on my vacations, in case I have a problem. Instead, I was ok and used the patches on friends that were having low back and leg pain.
How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern
The Musculoskeletal Anatomy Behind Your Pain
Getting Relief on Your Own
Therapy Notes for Massage and Bodywork
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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sees clients. He has written materials and instructed classes since the mid-90s. This includes anatomy, trigger points, cranial, and neuromuscular.
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