Quadricep Contusion (Thigh bruise)
A quadricep contusion is a bruise to the large group of muscles in the front of the thigh that help straighten the leg.
How does a quadricep contusion occur?
A thigh bruise is caused by a direct blow to the muscles of the thigh that can cause intense tenderness.
-Pain in the middle of your thigh, usually a dull, aching pain
-Experience difficulty walking or running
-You may have difficulty bending or straightening your leg or lifting your knee.
-An area of your thigh may be swollen and discolored.
-Immediately after your injury, your healthcare provider may wrap your knee stabilizing it in a bent position to allow for a maximum stretch in your thigh muscles during healing. This will help avoid stiffness.
-Apply ice to the tops of your legs for 20 to 30 minutes every three to four hours for two or three days or until the pain goes away.
-Elevating your leg by placing a pillow underneath your thigh.
-Your healthcare provider may recommend taking an anti-inflammatory.