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Muscle Strain Injuries of the Thigh

Brett Cascio, M.D.

Muscle Strain Injuries of the Thigh

Ouch! Whether it’s your hamstring, quadriceps or adductor muscles, strained thigh muscles can be a pain. Learn more here

Muscle Strain Injuries of the Thigh

What are Muscle Strain Injuries of the Thigh

Muscle strain injuries in the thigh occur when the hamstring, quadriceps or adductor muscles are pushed past their limit. This can happen if any of the muscles are suddenly presented with a heavy load or stretched beyond their normal ability.

What causes Muscle Strain Injuries of the Thigh?

If muscles are tight but not warmed up or conditioned well, there is a risk of straining the muscle during physical activity. This could potentially tear the fibers that make up the muscle. Muscle strains or tears can occur during sports or other physical activity, but they can also occur due to trauma or injury.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Severe thigh pain is one of the most common symptoms of this condition. Other symptoms may include bruising, swelling, weakness, and in severe cases, loss of mobility. Some patients may also experience a sensation of snapping or popping during the injury.

How are Muscle Strain Injuries of the Thigh treated?

Several treatment options are available, starting with conservative methods like rest and cold compression. Anti-inflammatory medication can help relieve swelling while helping with pain. Your doctor may also recommend the use of a brace or splint to keep the injured muscle stabilized during recovery. Physical therapy may also be recommended to help you return to your pre-injury activity level. If the injury is especially severe, surgery may be necessary.

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