Most thigh injuries are caused from sporting activities or as direct injury. Such injuries can be from stretching, twisting or over-extending, or a blow to the thigh. These should settle within 6 weeks.
Facts & Figures:
- The muscle at the back of the thigh is called the hamstrings, this is a common sporting injury.
- The muscle at the front of the thigh is called the quadriceps.
When to get advice:
- If your leg is not bearing weight.
- The pain is getting worse and worse.
- Any pins and needles or sharp pain or heat that does not improve within a week.
- The problem is not better in 6 weeks.
Move or rest?
First 24 hours
- Gently move your leg every hour you’re awake for 10/20 seconds
- Rest your leg but try not to keep it still for too long.
After 48 hours
- Try and use your leg in your normal activities and work don’t overdo it!
- Avoid engaging in extreme sports until you have good movement.
- Gentle exercise can relieve pain
- When going up the stairs reduce the strain by leading with your good leg.
- When going down the stairs reduce the strain by leading with good leg.
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