Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Quadriceps Muscle Strain Underlying Cause

Quadriceps muscle strains are caused by overloading the quadriceps muscles beyond their capacity. The muscles are unable to support the load and the muscle fibers stretch or tear.

Common causes of quadriceps muscle strain include:

  • Occupational injuries
  • Heavy lifting
  • Sports: football, basketball, tennis, weightlifting, running, jumping
  • Occupational injuries

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Last Updated: Feb 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Quadriceps Muscle Strain References
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