Thigh injuries

Quadricep muscle strain

A thigh strain refers to an injury where the fibres in a quadricep muscle are overstretched. Once the fibres are overstretched to a certain point, muscle tears can occur. These can vary from a minor strain to a full thickness muscle tear.

There are a number of factors which can increase the risk of straining a thigh muscle. The most common include muscle tightness, fatigue or imbalance. Other factors are poor exercise technique and an inadequate warm-up. The biggest contributory factory to a repeat injury is a previous thigh strain/tear without adequate rehabilitation.

There are four muscles within the quadricep, but the most frequent source of injury to this area occurs when muscle fibres at the head of the rectus femoris muscle are ruptured.

Tendon rupture

Severe cases may involve rupture of the junction between the tendon and the muscle, which may lead to a permanent weakness.

Corked thigh

A “corked thigh” is a muscle contusion, caused by a severe impact to the muscles of the thigh causing damage such as internal bleeding and inflammation. A haematoma (collection of blood in the tissues) in the quadriceps muscle may occur.

Referred pain

If your thigh pain is associated with back, hip, buttock or knee pain, referred pain from the back, hip or sacroiliac joint, is often the cause of symptoms. Treat these conditions at the source.

SportsMed TENS therapy

After a diagnosis of quadricep strain or corked thigh your injury management plan should include treatment as often as possible.

SportsMed is the TENS, ECS and EMS machine we suggest to aid repair of an injury to the quad muscle.

SportsMed electrotherapy can be used everyday - outside the clinic - for drug-free, on-demand pain relief. It is also designed and programmed to aid circulation, reduce inflammation, hasten healing and help with quad muscle strengthening.

  • RELIEVE mode:

    • Pain relief (modulated low and high frequency TENS; continuous, comfortable intensity)

    • Early stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency ECS; continuous, low intensity)

  • RECOVERY mode - injury healing

    • Later stage injury treatment (modulated low to medium frequency EMS and ECS; surging, medium intensity)

  • EXERCISE mode - muscle strengthening

    • Rehabilitation stage (high frequency EMS; surging, medium to high intensity)

Pad placement - Quadriceps

quadriceps electrode placement
quadriceps electrode placement

SportsMed treatment guide

Purpose ModeIntensity TimeHow often
Pain relief RELIEVELow to medium Minimum 60 minutesOn demand
Muscle soreness RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily for 1 or 2 days
Scar tissue RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily as needed
Soft tissue healing RECOVERMedium 10 to 20 minutes3 times per day
Circulation RELIEVE or RECOVERLow 60 minutesas often as needed
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium 5 to 15 minutes3 times per day
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium to high 10 to 20 minutes3 times per day
On RELIEVE mode – muscles should not contract or twitch
On RECOVER mode – muscles should contract, mildly
On EXERCISE mode – muscles should contract, mildly or strongly – as required
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