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I just recently returned to patrol after riding a desk for almost 3 years and have just been diagnosed with Meralgia paresthetica. The front of my right quad will go numb when sleeping on my back with my leg at a certain angle or at times, when I am standing at work with the duty belt on. I just changed my duty belt this last block to one with a padded inside belt (that seems to help the numbness from standing). I’m looking for the best “package” mobility exercises I can do to get rid of this problem as fast as I can (going on 6 weeks now). I’m seeing a massage therapist to help me out.
You are experiencing entrapment or “pinching” of the nerve that supplies sensation to the outer portion of the thigh. The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve becomes “entrapped” as it passes under the ligament of the groin. The pressure on the nerve is responsible for the numbness.
Is there pressure on your hip flexor from your belt?
The belt may narrow the opening and squeezing the nerve.
Lessening the pressure will help the situation to improve.
Episode 269: On the Spot MobRx for Tight Hips
Episode 259: Back In Quadness, Baby
Have you looked at your standing position?
Torque and Trunk Stability Part 1: How to Stand
Hi Kaitlin, I don’t believe my belt directly sits on my hip flexors. From a standing position it is right at the upper hip bone level and when sitting, the bottom of the belt does not tough my thigh (almost but not quite). Unfortunately the belt has to be tight, I’m hoping the extra padding will help. Plan B is to move things around on my belt and shift some weight to the left side — this is not my first choice as I’ve been using my belt the way it is for 8 years.