Thigh Pain Symptoms

  • Gradual onset thigh pain

    Chronic thigh pain occurs gradually where the injured athlete may not be able to identify a specific point or time when the injury occurred. It may have been a ‘niggle’ for some time or developed following a previous acute injury.

  • Inner thigh pain

    Pain on the inside of the thigh or medial side is commonly associated with the vastus medialis muscle. Inner thigh pain can also be from the satorius muscle.

  • Outer thigh pain

    Pain on the outside of the thigh or lateral aspect can be from an acute or chronic injury. Acute injuries to the outer thigh are common from direct blows in athletes playing a particular sport and maybe from a bruise or haemotoma.

  • Quadriceps muscle pain

    Quad muscle pain can occur in any of the muscles that make up the quadriceps and can be acute or chronic. The quadricep femoris group of vastus lateralis, vastus intermedius, vastus medialis and rectus femoris can be painful through a strain or tear.  Thigh muscle pain can also be sharp, dull or burning from the neural system.

  • Sudden onset thigh pain

    Acute thigh pain can be burning or sharp and can be due to a strain or tear. Sharp pain in thigh can be from pressure of a compartment issue where there is bleeding. Sudden onset thigh pain as in a pulled muscle or contusion caused from a direct impact can be a raging pain.

  • Thigh swelling

    Swelling in the thigh area is usually from a contusion or muscle tear. Swelling can also be due to a femoral or pelvic fracture with associated pain and immediate medial attention must be called. Thrombosis (DVT), vasculitis, lipomas, blood clots, boils, infections or a diabetic muscle infarction can also cause thigh swelling.

  • Upper thigh pain

    Pain at the top of the front of the thigh can be acute or chronic. Upper thigh pain at the back is usually associated with the hamstrings or an injury to that group of muscles. Upper thigh pain may be in the quadriceps muscles as in a thigh strain or ‘dead leg’ / contusion from trauma, or right at the top of the muscle where it inserts at the front of the hip in the case of a rectus femoris tendon strain.