What Can I Do for a Pulled Quad Muscle?
The quadriceps muscle group, which includes four muscles in the front (anterior) of the thigh, can cause pain in the front area of the leg if pulled or strained. Athletes should stop exercising and seek medical attention to begin healing the injury.
How do you know if you pulled your quad?
QUAD STRAIN SYMPTOMS Inflammation or bruising around the knee. Difficulty bending and straightening the knee. Leg weakness and reduced range of motion. Sharp pain when running, jumping, or kicking.
How do you treat a strained quad?
Rest, ice, compression, and elevation can be used to treat most quadriceps injuries at home.
- Ibuprofen can be used as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Seek medical attention if the pain worsens or if the limp lasts longer than a few hours.
What does a partially torn quad feel like?
A tearing or popping sensation is common when a quadriceps tendon tears, followed by pain and swelling, and the inability to straighten your knee. Additional symptoms include: An indentation at the top of the kneecap where the tendon tore.
Can I run with a strained quad?
A Grade I strain may allow you to continue running at the time of injury because Grade I injuries are mild and heal quickly with proper care and rehabilitation. A Grade II or III strain, on the other hand, will require you to stop training or competing.
Should you massage a pulled muscle?
Massage. Therapeutic massage helps loosen tight muscles and increase blood flow, which aids in the healing of damaged tissues. Applying pressure to the injured muscle tissue also aids in the removal of excess fluid and cellular waste products, according to a 2012 study.
How long does a muscle strain last?
With proper treatment, most people recover completely. For mild strains, you may be able to return to normal activities within three to six weeks with basic home care; for more severe strains, recovery can take several months; in severe cases, surgical repair and physical therapy may be required.
How can I speed up muscle recovery?
How to Quickly Recover Muscles
- Drink plenty of water after a workout.
- Have a post-workout snack.
- Take a workout supplement.
- Warm up before resistance training.
- Make time to cool down.
- Foam roll and stretch.
- Elevate your legs.
- Take a cool bath.
Should I stretch a pulled muscle?
While it may seem counterintuitive, stretching a strained muscle will only make it worse. Your best bet is to avoid any movement that agitates the affected area and rest until the pain goes away. Light stretching can help with a minor strain, but only if done within a few days of the injury.
Will a partially torn quad tendon heal on its own?
Partial quadriceps tendon tears can be treated conservatively, but complete quadriceps tendon tears require surgical repair as soon as possible (12 weeks after the injury) to avoid poor functional outcomes and surgical failure.
What happens if a torn tendon is not repaired?
If left untreated, it can lead to other foot and leg issues such as plantar fasciitis (inflammation and pain in the ligaments in the soles of your feet), tendinitis in other parts of your foot, shin splints, pain in your ankles, knees, and hips, and, in severe cases, arthritis in your foot.