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Quad injury??


Last week I injured my quad on the outside part of the leg. During a mountain bike race, I went down hard and my outer left quad absorbed most of my body weight as it hit a big rock. I had problems walking, and a week later still limping, pretty bad bruising, and a ‘dent’ with a slight bulge below it in my quad. Still sore to the touch. Did the R.I.C.E. thing as well. Do I need to get medical attention to this? I figured it was just a bad bruise, but read up online about contusion tears so it got my thinking it might me worse than I thought.


  1. I am a 47 year old male. I am in very good shape and very active. About 10 days ago, I was snow boarding and hit a tree. My left Quad took all the force. It hurt very badly at impact. I was able to continue boarding for the rest of the day. The leg bruised badly on the outside of the Quad , in the area of impact,mid way up the thigh. Currently, I can function for the most part normally.It does hurt when I stand from sitting,a bit, but lessening. During the night, while sleeping, it wakes me when I roll over(pain).I don’t see any indent in the Quad. My concern is I have a tear or partial tear. If this is the case, what is the best treatment. Can imobilization repair a partial tear?

  2. I have a dent in my right Quad. 3 months I strained my Quad playing football so I thoguht. Went to the doctor and found out I have a torn Quad muscle. He said since the muscle had contracted it would do mor damge to repair it. So now instead 4 quad muscles I only have 3. No pain and I can still play ball and lift weights but my right leg will always be weaker and give out faster.