The rectus femoris muscle attaches to the pelvis and just below the knee as it is one of four muscles found at the front part of the thigh. It functions by extending the knee and flexing the hip. The rectus femoris muscle is made up of fibers which adapt to quick action. Rectus femoris muscle strain is caused by forceful movements, such as kicking a ball or when beginning to sprint, and it is particularly vulnerable to stress and pressure.
Painful symptoms generally manifest at the top of the thigh after the rectus femoris muscle suffers a strain or tear. In severe cases, the health issue may even become noticeable if the tissue is completely ruptured. Fortunately, complete tears are rare. Healthcare professionals will commonly use an MRI scan to diagnose the extent of the sports injury. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential. A rectus femoris muscle strain should not be rushed, as individuals who return-to-sport too soon may suffer re-injury.
Treatment for Rectus Femoris Strain
According to many healthcare professionals, when it comes to sports injuries to the rectus femoris muscle, it’s crucial to immediately apply the RICE principle (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) to the affected thigh. This treatment aims to decrease bleeding and inflammation to the muscle. Also, it will help reduce painful symptoms after the injury. Based on how much pain has been experienced, simple painkillers might be utilized, although it’s best to attempt to prevent the use of these.
Once movement is restored enough to allow the individual to walk using their regular range of motion, and once the swelling has gone down, then you will have recovered from the acute phase of the injury. It would then be an excellent time to engage in physical activity, without inflicting damage or stress to the quadriceps muscles. This can be performed on an exercise bicycle or through swimming, where the weight is kept off the limb. Stretches and gentle resistance exercises are crucial, as this will help to align the scar tissue that has formed during the healing process.
Recovery must be monitored so that improvements can be noted and the treatment shifted to help the rehabilitation process. It is hard to measure the length of time to complete recovery. It can take from six to eight weeks or even longer, although some people will commonly recover within one to four weeks. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .
Curated by Dr. Alex Jimenez
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