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Outer thigh numbness triggered by posture?
« on: January 09, 2020, 09:39:17 AM »
Hi everyone, I had a left hip resurfacing 14 months ago and so far my recovery has progressed without a hitch (fingers crossed) but I have noticed something, which first became apparent during a Pilates class, and wondered whether anyone else had experienced similar issues.

The outer left side of my knee on the operated leg has always had a small area which I would describe as desensitized rather than numb, and it has been this way for about 20 years (fell down a storm drain in the dark and bashed my thigh on the concrete edge...no I wasnt drunk :-).

However, since my operation whenever I am in a kneeling position, body upright for any length of time, the small 'numb' area grows until the entire outer portion of my thigh has gone quite numb.

I dont have a total loss of sensation and there is no degredation in the strength/control of my leg. As soon as I change position the feeling slowly returns.

I did some research and I have put it down to trapping of the lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh? But I am not sure and wondered if anyone had an insight into this issue.

My hip resurfacing was a metal on metal BHR done via a lateral approach.

If this is all I have to put up with then I am certainly not complaining as i have been pain free since I woke up from the operation and I am fully active, cycling, swimming, gym, walking...no running yet though...I might give that a miss for a bit.

If anyone has had or is having a similar experience I would be grateful for any insight you could give.

Many thanks

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Re: Outer thigh numbness triggered by posture?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2020, 10:48:49 AM »
No insight to provide but have you tried foam rolling the IT bands? 


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Re: Outer thigh numbness triggered by posture?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2020, 12:52:04 PM »
Hi jimbone and thank you for your reply.

I have been using the foam roller quite a bit as my IT band and Adductors were really tight following the operation but it definately seems related to my body position.

I will keep at it and speak to my surgeon at my followup appointment in May, hopefully this minor but annoying issue will resolve over time.

Best Regards



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