Orthopaedics

Rectus Femoris Strain

The

rectus femoris

 

belongs to the group of

quadriceps muscles

 

and a

rectus femoris strain

is the resultant of compression forces on the femur or the thigh bone. The quadriceps muscles stretch along the length of the femur and the rectus femoris is situated towards the front of the thigh, thus making it one of the most commonly strained quadriceps muscles. Usually soccer players and athletes (especially sprinters) are known to suffer from a

rectus femoris strain

more.

Causes of Rectus Femoris Strain:

This quadriceps’ muscle starts at the hip and extends into the knee, thus making it very useful for the straightening and the lifting of the knee.

  • Trying to kick a football forcefully, sprinting suddenly or when kicked by another player directly, this muscle can strain, get inflamed or ruptured. Acute strains are usually experienced by athletes and footballers although, tearing of the muscle can also happen, very rarely of course.
  • This quadriceps’ muscle¬† strain is also referred to as hip flexor strain, as the muscle can also get strained at the hip (towards the front) apart from the thigh.

Symptoms:

The symptoms of a hip flexor strain are as follows-

  • localized pain towards the hip’s front
  • pain in the groin when trying to lift off before a sprint or while trying to kick a ball
  • difficulty in moving the hip and the knee
  • swelling and bruising
  • weakness in the knee and the hip
  • pain when pressure is applied over the injured region
  • presence of a defect and difficulty in contracting the muscle if there is a muscle tear

Treatment:

Usually no surgery is required, as the hip flexor strain is only an acute one. But an athlete or the injured person should make sure to rest sufficiently.

  • Applying ice packs over the strained region will help alleviate the pain.
  • Use crutches in order to avoid putting pressure over the injured side.
  • Once the swelling and pain begin to associate, one can start with cardiovascular exercises. But make sure that these exercises do not lead to a strain again.
  • Sports related training should only be done under the supervision of a sports physical therapist and only after the therapist feels that training can be begun.

A

rectus femoris strain

would take usually anywhere between 1-4 weeks to heal. In some, it can take up to 8 weeks.

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