How to relieve cruralgia? Symptoms, causes and treatments
The cruralgia is severe pain located in the leg, near the sciatic nerve. In the most severe cases, it can cause paralysis, mainly around the knee and foot.
Definition: What is cruralgia?
Cruralgia, or crural neuralgia, is a sharp pain caused by compression of one of the two roots of the femoral nerve. Its symptoms, causes and treatment are very similar to those of sciatica, as both arise from inflammation of a nerve in the lumbar region of the lower back. Only the path of pain differs.
Less common than sciatica, cruralgia is however more painful. It mainly affects people over 50.
Symptoms of cruralgia
Cruralgia is severe pain that begins in the thigh and along the femoral nerve. It starts from the lumbar roots L4, L3 or L2, bypasses the spinal cord and travels along the thigh. The femoral nerve controls muscle contraction and tenderness on the anterior aspect of the leg and ends in the foot.
In some cases, parts of the body are partially or completely paralyzed, such as the knee, heel or tip of the toe. This is called paralytic cruralgia. Pressure on the nerve can also cause irreversible damage.
Causes of cruralgia
Cruralgia is often of non-infectious origin. It can be due to a narrowing of the femoral nerve by a herniated disc, to the deterioration of the spinal disc following a general wear and tear of osteoarthritis or arthritis, to a deterioration of the spine such as scoliosis or a narrowing of the lumbar canal.
In more severe cases, the cause of cruralgia may be spondylodiscitis. This is a serious infection of the spinal discs and a medical emergency that must be treated immediately. The presence of a tumor in a lumbar vertebra can also compromise the femoral nerve.
Treatment: how to treat cruralgia
As in the case of sciatica, the first thing to do is to organize a period of absolute rest for two days. This is because staying too long in bed can weaken the back muscles that support the spine and therefore slow down the healing process.
Drug treatment is usually prescribed by a doctor as soon as symptoms appear to limit the pain. It is mainly based on taking paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. If the pain is too severe, pain relievers with morphine may also be offered. This kind of treatment has limited effectiveness accompanied by short and long term adverse effects.
Without a positive outcome after 2-3 months, a doctor may order additional examinations such as an MRI or an X-ray of the spine. Surgery may be suggested later, depending on the cause of the cruralgia. It may be an enlargement of the lumbar canal, fixation of the spine, or removal of the herniated disc. These operations can be performed as non-invasive surgery, which reduces the chances of postoperative complications.
Our alternative solutions for a natural treatment of cruralgia
Suffering from cruralgia is no easy task. The pain can be intense. Drug treatments are not a viable long-term solution and they quickly show their limit of effectiveness. Operations can be life-saving, but are only suitable in certain cases or causal pathologies. They are expensive and do not always lead to the desired result. Not to mention the fact that they are trying for the body and ... painful!
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