The quadriceps is the big muscle that runs down the front of your thigh. Quadriceps bruises are often caused by a fall or a direct blow to the thigh. They are common injuries in people who play contact sports.
A quadriceps bruise may cause pain and swelling in your thigh. It may hurt to use your leg or bend your knee. You may have a red or black-and-blue area on your thigh.
To diagnose a quadriceps bruise, the doctor examines your thigh. You may also have tests to make sure you do not have a more serious injury, such as a broken bone or nerve damage.
A quadriceps bruise will usually get better in a few weeks with rest and home care. Your doctor may recommend physiotherapy and exercises to stretch your leg muscles.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 20, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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