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Quadriceps Strain

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by LaRusso L

(Pulled Quadriceps)

 

Diagnosis

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, your recent physical activity, and how the injury occurred. Your thighs will be examined for:
  • Tenderness and/or bruising directly over the quadriceps
  • Pain or weakness when contracting the quadriceps, particularly against resistance
Images may be taken to see how severe the injury is with:
Muscle strains are graded according to their severity:

Grade 1

  • Some stretching with small tears of muscle fibers
  • Complete recovery can take 10-21 days

Grade 2

  • Partial tearing of muscle fibers
  • Recovery can take up to 1-2 months

Grade 3

  • Complete tearing of muscle fibers, which is also known as a rupture
  • Recovery can take more than three months
  • Surgery may be needed to repair the torn muscle fibers
 

Treatment

Treatment depends on the severity of the strain.
Treatment usually includes:
If you are diagnosed with a strained quadriceps, follow your doctor's instructions .
 

Prevention

To reduce the chance that you will strain your quadriceps:
 

RESOURCES

American Academy of Family Physicians
http://familydoctor.org

American Council on Exercise
http://www.acefitness.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

The College of Family Physicians of Canada
http://www.cfpc.ca

Canadian Physiotherapy Association
http://www.physiotherapy.ca

 

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