What are the treatment options for femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment?

Updated: Oct 15, 2019
  • Author: Minoo Hadjari Hollis, MD; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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Treatment of lateral femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment may include injection of local anesthetic agents. A steroid can also be used to prolong the effects of the local anesthetic and reduce inflammation. Oral medications, such as NSAIDs, antiseizure medications (eg, gabapentin), TCAs, and tramadol, may be used, as may capsaicin cream and topical lidocaine.

It is also important to instruct patients regarding ways of preventing further irritation of the nerve. These may include avoidance of hip extension, prolonged standing, and compressive garments. The use of ice and a TENS unit may also be helpful.

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