Thigh Pain at Night

Improper blood circulation, lipoma, bursitis and septic arthritis are some of the most common causes behind thigh pain at night. This article will shed light on some other probable causes of thigh pain along with effective treatments.
HealthHearty Staff
Last Updated: Mar 16, 2018
Though thigh pain is one of the most commonly observed problem, it is very important to know the underlying medical condition behind the pain. There are numerous possible causes which can be treated, but delay in the treatment my lead to complication. It can affect your daily routine and can give you sleepless nights. However, there are effective treatments available, which can help you to get rid of this condition. You can try some simple ways to cure thigh pain at home as well.
Causes of Thigh Pain
The pain can be mild to severe depending upon the cause behind the pain. Hence it is very important to get the reason diagnosed in the initial stage. Following are some of the possible causes behind thigh pain.
  • Occurrence of lipoma in the thigh causes mild to severe thigh pain at night.
  • Improper supply of blood in the thigh muscles, which may be a result of blocked arteries, can cause cramps and pain in the thigh muscles.
  • Bursa is a fluid filled sac which is present between the tissues to reduce friction. Due to various reasons like gout, trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, overuse, etc., the bursa becomes inflamed and tender. This condition is known as bursitis. The bursa present near the thigh may also undergo this problem.
  • One of the possible causes of thigh pain in children is a cancerous tumor called Ewing's sarcoma. It mostly affects kids between 9-14 years of age.
  • Many people get thigh pain after hip replacement surgery. This is mainly because of implantation of a stiff implant in the hip bone during the surgery, which eventually causes thigh pain when sitting, walking or even while sleeping.
  • Infection in the bone also known as osteomyelitis, usually affects the long bones like one in the thigh. This condition may result pain, fever, swelling, redness, etc.
  • Septic arthritis can be caused due to the bacterial infection which attack the joints. If the hip joints get infection, it results in severe pain which radiates into thigh muscles and groin.
  • Thigh bone, being a long bone is prone to osteosarcoma, a type of cancer. This is one of the common thigh pain causes.
  • During pregnancy, the expectant mother's body undergoes various structural and hormonal changes. These changes may result in edema, symphysis pubis dysfunction and round ligament.
  • Medications like birth control pills, hormonal contraceptives, high blood pressure medication, etc., may also trigger thigh pain.
  • Exercise or regress routine without a proper warm up routine may cause strain. Which may be accompanied by sharp pain and numbness.
Other Symptoms with Thigh Pain
Following are some of the symptoms which may accompain thigh pain.
  • Sharp pain in the outer side of the thigh and knees.
  • Pain in the groin area that gradually radiates to the buttocks.
  • Stiffness or lack of sensation in the thighs at night.
  • Burning sensation in the thighs on turning position while lying on bed.
  • Fever, swelling, redness, formation of pus, etc. are some of the other accompanied symptoms of thigh pain.
Natural Treatments for Thigh Pain
Following are some of the simple treatments which you can use at home to get relief from the pain. Though these treatments are effective, it is always better to consult a doctor to avoid serious consequences.
  • Keep your thigh warm all the time. Wear woolen pants at night. This will help a lot in reducing the pain in the thighs.
  • Massage the thighs with warm mustard or olive oil. For better and fast results, you can add one or two cloves of garlic to it.
  • If possible, keep the thigh region wrapped with flannel. It is one of the most effective home remedies for thigh pain.
  • Cod liver oil is believed to provide relief from thigh pain. Take 2-3 drops of cod liver oil daily before going to bed.
  • Cold therapy is also quite helpful in reducing pain. Take a plastic bag and fill it with ice cube. Keep it on the thigh for 20 minutes. Repeat it 2-3 times a day.
  • Perform some physical exercises to get relief from thigh pain.
Even after trying out all the above-mentioned home treatments, if you fail to get relief from thigh pain, you should see an orthopedic as soon as possible. Greater chances are that he may suggest you pain management in the initial stage. He may prescribe corticosteroid injection if inflammation of the joints is the detected cause. In severe cases, surgical treatment may also be recommended. In order to avoid further complications occurring from pain in the thighs, you should seek early diagnosis and cure. Consult your health care provider for necessary medical advice and assistance.