Quad Pain/Quad Strain : Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

The quadriceps are a group of four muscles on the front of the upper thigh that work together with the hamstrings (on the back of the upper thigh) to extend and bend the leg. Injuries to the quads are among the most common (and treatable) type of athletic/sports-related injury. However, a quad strain can be extremely painful and may take weeks to fully recover with limited activity. Airrosti can help rapidly relieve your quad pain in a very short period of time, allowing you to remain healthy and active.


The quad muscles cover the front of the thigh and are often injured because they cross two joints: the hip and the knee. A quad strain is a condition that is frequently seen in kicking and running sports. Since the quad muscle is a strong muscle involved in supporting the body’s movement while upright, pulled quads can be painful and crippling injuries.


The quadriceps is particularly active during sprinting, jumping, hopping or kicking. When the tension placed on the quad muscles is excessive due to too much repetition or high force, the muscle fibers may be torn, leading to the condition known as a quad strain.

Symptoms of a quad strain may include:

  • Inflammation, bruising or swelling on the front of your thigh
  • Difficulty bending and straightening your knee
  • Overly tired, stiff or weak quad muscles
  • Pain when walking or using the quad muscles
  • Tightness in the thigh
  • Sharp pain when running, jumping, or kicking


Minor to moderate quad strains will usually heal on their own, given enough time. Your doctor will likely recommend rest and reduced activity. If pain is severe, you may need crutches. Recovery for minor strains is usually one to three weeks with limited activity. Larger tears may require four to eight weeks, with severe strains sometimes requiring three months or longer for full recovery.

If you’re an athlete or active individual who doesn’t want to sit on the sidelines for several weeks, Airrosti can help. We are able to diagnose and rapidly repair the source of your injury, typically in as few as three visits. In most cases, you can remain active during treatment. Call us at 800-404-6050 or click here to schedule your appointment today.


Reviewed by Casey Crisp, Doctor of Chiropractic

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