Summer is here and in Chicago that means a uptick in outdoor activities. If your body isn't properly primed for agility sports, this can put a fast damper on some otherwise fun. What seemingly is a nice easy game of kickball can turn into a summer of rest and rehab. At least you have me to guide you through it!
If and when you injure your quadriceps, the first thing to do is discern a tear from a strain. If you tear any muscle in your body, you will immediately experience excruciating pain and maybe immediately unable to perform simple functions.
Most injuries to the quadriceps are strain. A quick movement in an underprepared body can cause micro tearing across the front of your thigh.
Immediately stop if you feel you have injured your quadriceps. Further activity that day will exacerbate the injury and cause a prolonged recovery.
Follow these first steps and then see me for a thorough evaluation and follow up. It's important you follow the rehabilitation protocol to prevent further injury and expedite recovery. Continuing normal activity may cause more severe complications down the line, both in your rehabilitation and later after rehab.