Quad Pain

After your workout, you may notice a throbbing or stabbing sensation in the upper part of your thigh, especially if you’ve overdone it or haven’t properly stretched prior to your workout. Your feet hit the ground around 800 times for every mile you run, according to the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma. It’s no wonder that leg injuries and pain in the upper thigh area are such common complaints for many runners.

CAUSES
You may be able to determine the type of injury based on where the pain is located in your upper thigh. Pain at the back of your upper thigh may be a sign of a strained hamstring, a type of injury that is common among sprinters. Another possible cause is a groin pull, characterized by mild to severe pain on the inside of your upper thigh, caused by a tear or strain of your adductor muscles. A quadricep tear or strain is felt in the front of your upper thigh, resulting in difficulty walking, knee pain and varying degrees of limitation in your range of motion. Other possible, less common causes of upper thigh pain are a hernia, adductor inflammation or an inflamed rectus femoris tendon, located at the top and side of
your upper thigh.

TREATMENTS
Upper thigh pain can generally be alleviated by applying ice to the affected area directly after your workout, for the first 24 hours after your injury. Additionally, you may wish to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen to control inflammation and swelling. If you suspect that you’re suffering from a groin pull, you may need to stop running for several days and implement a stretching and strengthening regimen for the muscles in this area. If you have a hamstring pull or a quadricep tear or strain, you can most likely continue running but with a decrease in the duration and intensity of your workout.

PREVENTION
You can prevent many instances of upper thigh pain caused by running by implementing a basic stretching and strengthening warmup and cool-down prior to your workout. Stretching your hamstrings, groin area and quadriceps is beneficial for lengthening the upper thigh muscles and increasing flexibility, which may help reduce injury, Additionally, using orthotics, supportive inserts for your shoes, can help if you suffer from foot pronation or poor alignment between your foot and leg. Your doctor or a therapist can help diagnose this condition and determine whether orthotics are appropriate for your condition. Its important to buy new running shoes every 500 miles. Finally, don’t run more than 45 miles in one week. You can increase your risk of overuse injuries if you run more frequently.

Where do you hurt?
- Click the area on the image

Where do you hurt? Foot Pain Shin Split and Calf Injuries Knee Injuries Head Neck Groin Hand Hand Hand Abdominal Shoulder Shoulder Shoulder Back Tricep Tricep Bicep Bicep Chest Quads Hamstring Glutes