Quad Pain (quadriceps strain)
Quad pain generally results from a tear or rupture of the quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh. Symptoms range from mild discomfort to a sharp pain in the thigh during activity. Severe quad injuries can result in intense pain and swelling in the thigh, resulting in immobility and a need for long-term treatment and rehabilitation.
Injuries to the quadriceps frequently happen during sports activities that involve running, jumping or kicking, often due to the lack of a proper pre-exercise warm-up regime. Any one of the quadriceps muscles can suffer a strain or tear, although the most commonly injured muscle is the rectus femoris, one of the four major muscles that cross the hip and knee joints. The most common site of injury is the musculotendinous junction, situated immediately above the knee.
Treatment can include one or more of the following:
- Ice therapy
- Compression bandages
- Ultrasound and electrical stimulation
- Walking aids
- Leg elevation
- Surgery – if symptoms persist
- A rehabilitation programme
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