Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Meralgia Paresthetica Follow-up

Updated: Apr 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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  • Prognosis depends on the etiology of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN injury). Simple meralgia paresthetica caused by external or benign mechanical injury often remits spontaneously. In one study where the surgical candidates were selected carefully, most patients who chose nerve decompression for chronic discomfort experienced relief. Factors that indicate excellent surgical outcome are outlined in Surgical Intervention.

  • For most patients, this condition is self-limiting, and with education, patients learn to tolerate symptoms and modify activity, thus avoiding surgery or other aggressive treatments.


Patient Education

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  • Instruct patients to avoid activities that injure the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve.