Doctors say that thigh pain is one of the most common complaints they hear from patients.
So it's surprising how little most people know about the conditions and causes of this nagging, chronic pain.
Before we run though some of the typical causes for this pain, it's important to learn the warning signs that show something serious is wrong with your leg.
If you pain is accompanied by any of these symptoms, or the pain is getting worse, you should see a doctor ASAP:
- A burning sensation
The simplest explanation for leg pain is your everyday habits, or your recent exercise routine. Sitting with bad posture for long periods of time, especially in tight clothing, is known to cause thigh pain.
Obviously if you're doing intense exercise that works your legs - like sprinting - you might feel some pain from your tense muscles the next day.
These are the simplest causes for thigh pain, and they can be easily treated at home by getting some rest, elevating your legs, and massaging the muscles.
Making sure you stay hydrated and keep your electrolytes balanced is also important.
If these causes can't explain your thigh pain, you should consider some of the more serious explanations.
Many common causes of chronic thigh pain relate to being overweight, or an existing condition like diabetes.
A painful buildup of hard plaque called atherosclerosis is common in the thigh, and can be controlled with diet, exercise, and cholesterol medication.
Pressure on the nerves in your thighs, known as meralgia paresthetica, is also common in overweight patients. If you feel tingling or numbness in your thigh, it could be a sign of this condition.
Finally, sitting for a long period of time can cause a type of blood clot known as deep vein thrombosis. the condition is sometimes called "economy class syndrome," because it tends to strike during long-haul airplane flights.
DVT can be deadly if blood clots travel through your body, so be on the lookout for painful swelling and warm, blue skin on your thigh.
But some conditions that cause thigh pain are even more dangerous.