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Upper Leg

Your upper leg (aka thigh) is your power center, and home to some massive muscles—the quadriceps and hamstrings. Keeping it strong yet limber protects both your hips and your knees.

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A painful bump or lump on the thigh can also appear red, small or large, and often be located on the inner thigh. Most commonly, bumps on the inner thigh are caused by infected ingrown hairs, boils, cysts, or a swollen lymph node. Other causes include trauma to the thigh or abnormal cell growth like lipoma.

Most commonly, an upper leg itch can be caused by irritation from allergens and bug bites. Itchy thighs can also be caused by stress and restless leg syndrome. Read below for more causes and how to relieve inner thigh itch.

Redness on the upper legs is most often seen as a rash on the thighs. This condition can be caused by contact dermatitis, or an allergic reaction from certain bugs or plants. Cellulitis can also cause a red rash on the upper thigh. Read on for more information about causes and relief options.

Noticing one thigh swelling can be a cause for concern. Trauma from an injury can cause compartment syndrome which can lead to a swollen thigh above the knee. Deep vein thrombosis or a thigh bruise are also common causes of a swollen thigh.

Find out how to treat your thigh nerve issue (meralgia paresthetica)

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Most bumps on the upper leg are benign and caused by underlying skin conditions like cysts, boils, abscess, or folliculitis. Other causes of bump on upper thigh include dermatofibroma, or lipoma.

Upper leg pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, including trauma, systemic disease, or inflammatory conditions.

Thigh pain can be caused by joint or muscle damage, problems with blood flow, nerve injuries or underlying medical conditions. Learn about 9 thigh pain causes.

Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is a hip condition that affects teens and pre-teens who are still growing. Early diagnosis is very important. Slipped capital femoral epiphysis does require surgery. This is usually a successful treatment.

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Severe leg pain located around the thigh can be caused by trauma from a femoral break or muscle strain. A deep, shooting pain in the upper leg can also be caused by deep vein thrombosis, spinal stenosis, or a thigh bone infection. Read on for more information on causes and treatment options.

Finding a painless thigh lump can be concerning, however most lump on the thigh are caused by non cancerous fatty tissue growth, also known as lipoma, or skin conditions like warts, cysts, or abscess. Swollen lymph nodes may also cause painless lumps on the inner thigh.

Are you noticing numbness in your thigh? Numbness in the thigh ranges in severity and causes can be mechanical, metabolic, inflammatory, or iatrogenic. Thigh numbness is often felt on the outer thigh, though it sometimes reaches the knee, and is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as burning or tingling.

Iliotibial band syndrome causes pain on the outside of the knee due to overuse. IT band syndrome is more common in endurance athletes, like cyclists and runners. The pain gets better with rest and the damage is usually not permanent.

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If you’ve amped up your running routine or like pushing yourself through the pain, you may be at risk for a femoral stress fracture. These hairline fractures occur in the femur or thigh bone. They’re typically caused by pushing your body too hard. They’re common in dancers, marathon runners, and people actively training in the military.

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Are you experiencing a dull ache in your thigh? The thigh contains one major bone and many muscles, nerves, and arteries, so aching thighs may signify an underlying condition that needs medical attention.