The Back and Body Clinic | Specialist Physiotherapy Northampton

The Thigh contains the femur bone, several large muscle groups: the Hamstrings, the Quadriceps, the Adductors and the Iliotibial Band. The two main nerves that pass through the thigh are the Femoral Nerve at the front and the Sciatic Nerve at the back of the thigh.

Common causes of Thigh Pain

Quadriceps / Hamstring Muscle Strain

There are several large muscle groups in the thigh that are susceptible to strains. Click Here to read more

Referred Pain / Nerve Pain (i.e. Sciatica)

If the nerve is compressed at any point it can give you radiating pain down the leg in to the thigh. Click Here to read more.

Meralgia Paresthetica

This is a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and burning pain in the outer part of your thigh. Click Here to read more.


The most likely causes of pain in this region are muscle injury or nerve pain. If it is an acute injury such as sudden onset of thigh pain whilst playing sport it is likely to be a muscle strain. In this case it is important to get a Physiotherapy assessment early so that the Grade of the injury can be determined and rehabilitation can be planned to get you back playing as quickly as possible without re-straining.

If the pain came on gradually it is important to have a Physiotherapy assessment to determine if a trapped nerve is causing the pain. This is particularly important because the management for nerves and muscles is totally different.

At The Back & Body Clinic we have specialist training to enable us to differentiate between nerve pain and muscle pain. Therefore we will ensure you get the correct treatment and advice.