Treat upper leg pain by resting and elevating the leg and treating the area with ice packs and compressions bandages, advises the American academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. When icing the area, do so in 20-minute intervals. For more severe pain, consult with a physician and take the recommended medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Treatment options for upper leg pain due to muscle strains depend largely on the grade of the tear, explains Drugs.com. For instance, a minor or grade I strain involves the tearing of only a few muscle fibers and begins to heal within days when treated with rest, ice, compression and elevation. A grade II strain is slightly more severe, resulting in some bruising and swelling, which can also be treated with rest, ice, compression and elevation along with medication to reduce swelling. A grade III strain often requires surgical treatment to repair the muscle break.
Pain in the upper leg that moves up to the buttocks and down the leg can be a sign of sciatica, a condition in which the sciatic nerve is compressed, states Healthline. To treat this kind of pain, gently stretch your lower back, exercise regularly, and alternate cold and hot packs on the painful area.