Thigh pain can occur at the back of the thigh as in a hamstring strain or at the front with a quadriceps muscle strain. Most thigh injuries are sudden onset but can also be chinic injuries and occur gradually, especially if an acute injury has not been treated correctly or healed properly.
It is very rare that thigh injuries need to seen by a doctor as most are muscular injuries that will heal given the appropriate treatment and rest. However, there are certain circumstances and conditions which case it is advvisable to seek medical advice.
The PRICE principles are the gold standard set for treating sports injuries. The acronym stands stands for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation and should be applied as early as possible and continued for at least the first 24-72 hours.
Anterior thigh pain or injuries at the front of the thigh. An acute thigh injury comes on suddenly and includes muscle strains (tears) or contutions which are caused my direct impact or collision. Chronic or gradual onset pain at the front of the thigh occurs over time. The athlete may not be able to identify a specific moment the injury was caused.
Posterior thigh pain or injuries at the back of the thigh can be acute or sudden onset, or they may be chronic and develop gradually over time, or following an acute injury which fails to heal properly. The most common is a hamstring strain.
Fractures to the thigh bone or fremur bone are not common but can be difficult to treat and recover from. A stress fracture develops over time and an acute fracture occurs from sudden trauma or accident.