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A 19-year-old female asked:

i am on sailing boat and hurt my right leg. i can't feel it from the knee down. it is numb and i can't put any weight on it. what could i have done. ?

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
The most common: cause of numbness of the leg is a pinched nerve in the back. Even though your question doesn't mention back trauma, only leg, you may have hurt yourself in both places. A blood clot in the leg can cause numbness, but typically it would be painful to touch, hot, and perhaps discolored/red. Perhaps you hurt your knee and the fact you can't walk makes it feel numb. Prompt/urgent evaluation is needed.

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Last updated Jul 20, 2016

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