Diagnosis and management of quadriceps strains and contusions

Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2010 Jul 30;3(1-4):26-31. doi: 10.1007/s12178-010-9064-5.


Injuries to the quadriceps muscle group occur frequently in sports and athletic activities. Muscle strains and contusions constitute the majority of these injuries. The clinical presentation and assessment of quadriceps strains and contusions are reviewed along with discussion of appropriate imaging used in diagnosis. Treatment protocols for acute injuries are reviewed including rehabilitation techniques frequently utilized during recovery. Special consideration is given to discussing the criteria for return to sports for athletes after injury. Myositis ossificans is a potentially disabling complication from quadriceps contusions and risk factors, prevention, and treatment are reviewed.

Keywords: Contusion; Muscle strain; Myositis ossificans; Quadriceps.