Monday, April 8, 2013
Chiroprator Chandler AZ: Quadriceps Muscle Strain
Your friendly Chiropractor in Chandler AZ, Dr. Dan Rae, is back at the computer this morning trying to pump out this article prior to patients arriving. Today, I am going to continue with the thigh and address the Quadriceps Strain. This injury is not seen as much in my office as the Hamstring Strain, but I do still see it quite frequently.
In the image above by MendMeShop, we are able to clearly see the muscles the form the quadriceps muscle group and more. The cause of a Quadriceps Strain is due to sudden contraction of the quadriceps, which results in what we often here as a pull, or less commonly, a full rupture of the muscle. Some reasons that would predispose someone to this injury is tight quadriceps, which generally stems from not properly warming up prior to activity as well as imbalance between the quadriceps of the opposite leg, or one leg being shorter than the other.
These patients generally come into my office complaining of a sudden pulling pain at the front of the thigh after attempting to sprint, whiffing on a kick, or stopping very rapidly.
Treatment for this condition is not very difficult, but must be done properly to avoid more serious problems. Ice should be applied as soon as possible to control the inflammation and swelling coupled with neoprene or some sort of elastic support. Kinesiology Tape can be applied to reduce the tension being placed on the quadriceps musculature. Stretching should be initiated as soon as possible with very gentle stretching. Myofascial release techniques such as Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique can be implemented to prevent scar tissue formation and chronic shortening of the muscle. Complete tears or ruptures of the muscle or tendon require surgical repair.
Dr. Rae's professional interests lie in helping the community reach their health potential. Through hundreds of hours of post-graduate training, Dr. Rae has studied different soft-tissue therapies, studying the muscles and how to help them function appropriately. He specializes in knee pain, thigh pain and hip pain.