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Quadriceps Strain

The quadriceps are the powerful muscles located in the front part of the upper thigh. They work together with the hamstrings to extend and bend the leg. Injuries to the quadriceps are commonly seen in high-speed sports such as track and field, football, basketball and soccer. A strain occurs when the muscles or their tendons are stretched beyond their normal limits.


  • Pain when flexing, stretching, or using the thigh muscles to move
  • Muscle spasm
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Loss of strength in the muscle


An orthopedic specialist, sports medicine specialist, or other physician can help determine if you have a quad strain. If needed, he/she will recommend imaging tests, such as X-ray or MRI, to determine the extent or severity of the injury.


Treatment of a quad strain will vary depending on the severity of your injury, how active you are and how quickly you need get back on your feet. The goal of treatment is to get you back to doing the activities you enjoy as quickly as possible.

For less severe cases of quad strain, treatment includes:

  • RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation
  • Immobilization
  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy

A physical therapy program can be presribed by your doctor and will include exercises to heal and strengthen the muscle, as well as the muscles surrounding the injury for added support. The physical therapists at GAMC's Therapy & Wellness Center are experienced in rehabilitating qudriceps injuries and will able to create a personalized plan tailored to your individuals goals.

For more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Only your doctor will be able to make that determination.

For a referral to a GAMC orthopedic or sports medicine specialist, call (818) 409-8100. To learn more about the Therapy & Wellness Center, call (323) 255-5409.