Injuries can arise when there is an imbalance between the hamstring muscles and the quadriceps muscles. A quadriceps injury is manifested by swelling initially, and as the swelling goes down, a palpable defect in the muscle shows. If the defect and swelling are near the joint, then it may be a torn quadriceps tendon. If this occurs, you should consult an orthopedic doctor immediately because a true tendon tear must be surgically fixed. The muscle tear, however, is easily treatable.
Things You'll Need
- Ace Bandage/Pull-on Sleeve
- Crutches (if necessary)
Rest the injured area. Relax and elevate the injured leg. This is key to healing properly.
Ice the injured quadriceps muscle immediately after the injury. You must ice the injury in order to prevent massive internal bleeding and swelling in the thigh. Ice the injured area for 20 minutes, and then rest it for 20 minutes. Do this icing regiment while awake for at least four to five days.
Compress the injured area using sequential wraps with an ace bandage or a commercially available pull-on sleeve. Wear the wrap as often as possible for four to seven days, until the swelling has subsided. Continue to wrap the injured quadriceps muscle while performing physical activities for up to 90 days.
Use crutches if the injury is severe. Using crutches will keep weight off of the injured area. This will speed the healing process.
Start using heat after the swelling has gone. Use the heat before exercising. Heat the adductor muscle, stretch it and then ice the injury again after stretching. Perform this regiment as often as necessary until the injury feels better.
Use strengthening program of resistant straight-leg raising and resistant knee extension
Tips & Warnings
- Do not rush back into activity and exercise after a torn quadriceps injury. If you do not let the injury fully heal, the likelihood of re-injury becomes far greater!