Treatment for Thigh Muscle Strain
A muscle tear, muscle damage or muscle pull refers to damage to a muscle or its attaching tendons. Muscle damage can be in the form of tearing (part or all of) the muscle fibers and tendons attached to the muscle. A thigh strain refers to an injury where the fibers in the quadriceps muscles are overstretched. Once the fibers or tendons are overstretched to a certain point, muscle tear occurs.
- How to Prevent a Thigh Strain?
Thigh strain usually occurs to athletes or football players, where legs are optimally used. To reduce your risk of developing a thigh strain, you should:
- Undertake adequate warm up and stretching exercises before and after your training respectively
- Monitor your athletic performance
- Gradually increase your exercise intensity accordingly
- Reap benefits from regular leg massage
- What are the Symptoms of Muscle Strain?
- Weakness of the muscle or tendons
- Swelling, bruising or redness on the affected muscle area
- Feeling of pain in the muscle when the related joint is used
- Pain at rest
- What causes a Thigh Strain?
There are various reasons and factors which cause a thigh strain and those include:
- Muscle fatigue
- Incorrect exercise technique
- Inadequate warm up period
- Muscle imbalance
- Muscle tightness
- How can Thigh Strain be treated?
You should visit a physiotherapist in case you suffer severe thigh strain, however you should also be aware of various measures to soothe and reduce the pain. Thigh pain can be treated when you:
- Give your thigh sufficient rest
- Protect your thigh injury or strain from any further damage
- Use cold compression
- Rest your leg in an elevated position
- Gently strengthen your knee and stretch your thigh muscles
- Apply a resistance band to the affected area
A healthy diet high in carbohydrates is essential in order to supply sufficient energy to your body which is necessary for muscle contractions. Carbohydrates and fluids can replenish your body with the required energy to reduce pain to a certain extent. These are some requisite treatment measures that you should undertake to ease your thigh pain before visiting your physiotherapist.