Thigh Pain Treatment
A thigh strain/quadriceps strain is a tear in one of the quadriceps muscles in the front of the thigh. The pain can vary from light to severe, graded on a scale from mild (grade 1), moderate (grade 2), to severe (grade 3). If the muscle is severely torn, it can be nearly impossible to walk or put weight on the leg because of the intensity of the pain. Athletes participating in activities that involve sprinting, jumping, or kicking are more likely susceptible to a quadriceps muscle strain, especially if they have not properly warmed up before activity. When a thigh strain or quadriceps strain has occurred, it’s important to follow proper protocol for treatment to ensure that the strain does not worsen and to reduce the risk of reinjury.
Where is my thigh pain coming from?
Quadricep strains are most commonly caused by a sudden twist or over-stretch of the muscle and occur most often in the rectus femoris which passes over the hip and the knee. Minor strains result in symptoms of tightness in the thigh while moderate strains may show signs of swelling and difficulty walking. A grade 3, or severe strain, may result in intense swelling, bruising, and the inability to walk without the aid of crutches.
When should I seek thigh pain treatment?
If you experience any of the above symptoms or believe you have a strain as a result of a sudden injury during activity, it’s a good idea to seek out quadricep thigh pain treatment. You may also notice a visible bulge or defect in the thigh muscle. Ignoring symptoms could potentially make the effects of the injury worse and could lead to a longer recovery time.
How can physical therapy help with my thigh pain?
Your physical therapist will start out by conducting a full body assessment to create a plan of care that is unique to your body and current condition. They may include treatment techniques such as:
• Custom exercises to stretch and strengthen your tissues to promote faster healing.
• Manual therapy to reduce pain and inflammation and improve range of motion.
• Gait analysis to identify muscle imbalances and make sure you’re not applying excess strain on your thigh area.
Physical therapists can provide the necessary tools to treat and prevent thigh pain and quadricep strain, allowing you to return to your favorite activities pain-free and better than ever! To learn more about how to prevent thigh or quadricep pain or to eliminate any current discomfort, book a physical therapy assessment today.
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