Saphenous Nerve Entrapment

with Rehab

Saphenous nerve entrapment is a condition of the nervous system in the thigh. The condition is caused by pressure placed on the saphenous nerve by the ligament-like tissue (fascia) and muscles in the thigh. The compression on the nerve causes pain, numbness, and loss of feeling in the lower extremity.

SYMPTOMS

CAUSES

Saphenous nerve entrapment is caused by pressure being placed on the saphenous nerve in the thigh. The pressure is often caused by structures within the thigh, such as fascia, muscles, or other structures. The saphenous nerve begins near the skin and travels deep into leg.

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PREVENTION

PROGNOSIS

If treated properly, then the symptoms of saphenous nerve entrapment can be resolved. Occasionally, the symptoms resolve spontaneously and sometimes surgery is necessary.

RELATED COMPLICATIONS

Permanent nerve damage, including pain, numbness, tingle, or weakness.

TREATMENT

Treatment initially involves resting from any activities that aggravate your symptoms. The use of ice and medications may help reduce pain and inflammation. The use of strengthening and stretching exercises may help reduce pain with activity. These exercises may be performed at home or with referral to a therapist. Your caregiver may recommend that you receive a corticosteroid injection to help reduce the inflammation that is compressing the nerve. If symptoms persist despite non-surgical (conservative) treatment, then surgery may be recommended. Surgery for this condition involves freeing the compressed nerve from the fascia that is placing pressure on it, and provides relief for most patients.

MEDICATION

HEAT AND COLD

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EXERCISES

RANGE OF MOTION (ROM) AND STRETCHING EXERCISES - Saphenous Nerve Entrapment

These exercises may help you when beginning to rehabilitate your injury. Your symptoms may resolve with or without further involvement from your physician, physical therapist or athletic trainer. While completing these exercises, remember:

STRETCH - Hamstrings/Adductors, V-Sit

Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.

STRETCHING - Hip Flexors, Lunge

Repeat __________ times. Complete this stretch __________ times per day.

STRETCH - Adductors, Lunge

Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.

STRETCH - Adductors, Standing

Repeat __________ times. Complete this exercise __________ times per day.