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Quadriceps Muscle Rupture Overview

What is a quadriceps muscle rupture?
The quadriceps are a group of large muscles in the front of the thigh. A person with a quadriceps muscle rupture has completely torn the quadriceps muscle. Sports injuries are the most common causes of quadriceps muscle rupture. Quadriceps muscle ruptures are very rare.

What are the symptoms of quadriceps muscle rupture?
Symptoms of quadriceps muscle rupture include pain, swelling, and tenderness in the front of the thigh. Additional symptoms include leg weakness, inability to walk, and a deformed lower thigh.

How does the doctor treat quadriceps muscle rupture?
Treatment for quadriceps muscle rupture may include rest, cold compresses, elevation, a splint or cast, crutches or a walker, narcotic pain medications, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment for quadriceps muscle rupture may include physical therapy and surgery to repair the muscle.

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Last Updated: Aug 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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