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The muscles in the front of the thigh are called the quadriceps muscle group. The quadriceps are made up of:
1. The vastus lateralis
2. The vastus intermedius
3. The vastus medialis
4. The rectus femoris
The vastii connect the femur to the patella and shin bone. The rectus femoris connects the pelvis to the shin.
The quadriceps help the knee bend and straighten. It is a big strong muscle group important to activities like running and jumping.
A quadriceps strain is a partial or complete tear in any one of the muscles that comprise the group. Thigh pain, stiffness, swelling, and bruising are all symptoms. There are three grades of tears and rehabilitation will vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury.
A thigh sleeve will help make a quadricep tear feel better. The circumferential compression offered by neoprene will provide warmth and make your thigh feel better. It is an inexpensive treatment option worth trying throughout the rehab process.
The hamstrings are made up of three muscles: the biceps femoris, the semimembranosus, and the semitendinosus. These muscles help extend the hip and bend your knee. A tear in any of these muscles is called a hamstring strain or a pulled hamstring.
Most patients report a sharp and sudden pain in the back of the leg – usually when exercising at high speeds – running fast or making quick movements. The pain is present when bending the knee or straightening the leg. There is usually bruising and swelling and in severe tears a gap can be felt in the muscle. Ewwwwww…
There are three grades of hamstring tears:
- Grade 1 – Minor tear
- Grade 2 – Partial tear
- Grade 3 – Complete rupture
The initial 48 hours is really important when it comes to treating a hamstring injury. Immediately after the hamstring pull patients should start a regiment of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Get to a doctor right away. Stretching and muscle strengthening will be cornerstones of therapy.
Thigh sleeves will provide compression and warmth. The circumferential compression will allow patients to get up and moving, and can be worn to compliment any rehab.
Quadricep strains and hamstring injuries can be helped with a thigh sleeve. The warmth and circumferential pressure of these leg braces can also help with contusions and pulled muscles. These thigh supports are usually constructed of neoprene, the better ones will have a nylon outer-covering. Thigh sleeves should have a snug fit, not too tight. Generally sizes are dependent on measuring around the widest part of the thigh. These supports should be washed regularly and allowed to air dry.