Meralgia paresthetica, also called Bernhardt-Roth syndrome, occurs when there is pressure on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve that supplies sensation to the upper thigh. As a result, the condition can lead to tingling, numbness, burning, and pain in the outer part of the thigh. Often, this pressure is the result of tight clothing, weight gain, pregnancy, or an underlying condition. Many exercises can help by working muscles near the problematic nerve.
Exercises that are most effective for treating meralgia paresthetica strengthen the abdominal muscles or involve flexion of the thigh at the pelvis. Plank is one of the easiest exercises that work the abdominal muscles. In comparison to other core exercises, they place less stress on the lower back. Though traditional planks involve balancing on the forearms and toes, they can be modified to suit any body type and fitness level.
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