Quadriceps contusions, or thigh bruises, are a fairly common sports injuries. Your quadriceps is a group of large muscles in front of your thigh. Quadriceps contusions occur because of a direct blow to your front thigh. Bruising on your thigh may also happen when you bump your quadriceps in an object or a surface. A quadriceps contusion is also called quad contusion or thigh bruise.
The most common symptoms of a quadriceps contusion are pain and discoloration on the skin at the site of injury. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may also have swelling, muscle spasm, and difficulty moving your injured muscle. Severe injuries may also include tear to the underlying muscle or damage to other structures such as a bone fracture.
Physical Therapy Treatment Options for Quadriceps Contusions / Thigh Bruises
After asking about your activity that led to your injury and performing a thorough evaluation and examination, your physical therapist will design a comprehensive plan of care, which may include a combination of any of the following
- Ice / Heat application
- TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
- Ultrasound (US)
- Massage / Soft tissue mobilization
- Physical therapy exercises
- Stretching exercises
- Gentle range of motion (ROM) exercises
- Progressive strengthening exercises
- Balance exercises
- General conditioning exercises
- Gait training
- Recommend walking device (e.g. cane, crutches)
- Patient education
- About quadriceps contusions
- Work or activity modification
- Injury prevention
- Home management of symptoms
- Home exercise program
- Work or sport-specific rehab program
The specific type of treatment and rehabilitation program will be determined by your physical therapist based on your specific problems and stated goals.
When can I return to my usual activities?
Your doctor or physical therapist may tell you that you can go back to your usual activities or sports if you have achieved full range of motion, normal muscle strength and you are pain-free.
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