Pain in Upper Leg

Legs | Rheumatology | Pain in Upper Leg (Symptom)


Muscles are comprised of muscle fibers that contract and produce force to move the body. Muscle fibers, if weak, can become injured causing pain, weakness and mobility restriction. Intensity and character of pain is also very different: there is severe pain, sometimes like an electric shock, there is a burning pain from neuropathy, dull pain from arthritis, chronic arterial obliterans violent pain or cramps.

Signs accompanying pain are also varied: fever, numbness, tingling, weakness, swelling, local deformation, skin changes (pallor, redness, bruising), local heat or, conversely, cold, presence of ulceration or varicose veins. The hip joint is affected by fractures, osteoporosis, and arthritis. A specific condition is aseptic necrosis of the femoral head (which is articulated at the hip) produced by local circulatory disorder, usually resulting from trauma, uncontrolled administration of corticosteroids, but in some cases of diabetes, alcoholism or cancer.

The pain is strong, accompanied by mobilization disorders and disease can become disabling if the patient delayed presentation to the doctor.


The most common causes of pain are the following: Trauma (fractures, strains or tears of muscles, tendons or ligaments, damage to the soft tissues); Arthritis, swollen joints that range in nature (infectious, autoimmune, reactive, metabolic, degenerative); Venous problems (varicose veins, superficial thrombophlebitis, deep vein thrombosis). Arterial disease (chronic arterial obliterans); Bone problems (infections, osteoporosis); Benign cysts or malignant tumours, neuropathies (especially diabetes, alcoholism, liver and kidney disease, beriberi, some viral infections); Irritation of the sciatic nerve.