How Quad Strains Can Cause Hip & Knee Pain

How Quad Strains Can Cause Hip & Knee Pain
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Often, when exercising or training for an athletic event, we may overuse or strain certain parts of our muscles. For example, those in soccer, football, or CrossFit may suffer from a quad strain due to sudden movement or poor form.

When our quadricep muscles become strained, that can, unfortunately, lead to dysfunction or pain in other areas of the lower body, such as the hips or knees. Continue reading to learn more about how quad strain can lead to hip and knee pain!

Quadriceps Strains & Hip Pain

The quadriceps muscles play a significant role in hip and knee movements, as they stretch down from the hips to the knee joints. As a result, the balance between the quadriceps and other muscle groups around the hip joint, such as the hip flexors, gluteal muscles, and hamstrings, can be disrupted when the quad muscles become strained or injured. Muscle imbalances can lead to altered movement patterns, poor form, and increased stress on the hip joints during daily activities and exercise.

The quadriceps muscles and hip flexor muscles work together to perform movements such as walking, running, and jumping. When the quadriceps are strained, the hip flexors may have to work harder to assist in knee extension, leading to potential overuse, tightening and subsequent hip pain. Additionally, strained quad muscles can create tension on tendons that connect to the hip, further contributing to hip pain. These combined factors can culminate in hip pain as the body attempts to cope with the quadriceps strain and its effects on hip joint mechanics.

Quadriceps Strain & Knee Pain

Quadriceps strains can range from mild to severe, and their effects can lead to knee pain due to the anatomy and mechanics of the knee joint. The quadriceps muscles are responsible for extending the knee joint, which means they play a crucial role in straightening the leg. When the quadriceps muscles are weakened or injured, they may not function properly, affecting the stability and support of the knee.

The quadriceps are connected to the patella via tendons right above the knee. When the quadriceps are strained, the increased tension can irritate the patellar tendon and can cause knee pain, especially when bending or straightening the knee.  Additionally, strained quadriceps can irritate the surrounding tissues of the knee.

Quad strain may lead to knee pain that feels like:

  • Inflammation and swelling around the knee joint
  • Pain or discomfort when bending, jumping, or straightening the knee
  • Possible weakness to the knee

Start Your Journey with Airrosti Now

It’s always best to help stay one foot ahead of an injury and exercise or stretch areas that may be more susceptible. If you are suffering from knee or hip pain that may be quad-related, visit a healthcare professional to determine an accurate diagnosis, such as an Airrosti Provider. Schedule an appointment with Airrosti today, either in-clinic or virtually.

At Airrosti, your Provider will thoroughly assess your condition and determine a diagnosis. You will be given a personalized treatment plan to help target and strengthen weakened muscles. In addition, you’ll also receive tools and resources to continue your treatment at home and prevent future episodes of pain. If a quad strain begins interfering with your physical activity and your quality of life, don’t suffer through the pain any longer!

For more information, call us at (800) 404-6050.


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