The quadriceps muscle is located on the front of the thigh and is responsible for straightening the knee. A tear of this muscle usually occurs when kicking repeatedly or with excessive force.
Signs & symptoms:
- Sudden sharp pain in the thigh
- Pain when stretching the thigh
- Pain when resisting straightening of the knee
The immediate treatment includes POLICE, Protect, optimal loading, ice, compression and elevation. Depending on the severity of the tear it can take anywhere from 6 weeks to a few months to return to full fitness. Physiotherapy promotes gradual increases in length and strength of the affected muscle while address any imbalances that may have contributed to the injury in the first place.