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.

Gradual onset of thigh pain can be from a tightness issue of the quadriceps muscle or from a referred injury at the lower back (lumbar spine). It can also be related to a biomechanical or kinetic chain issue originating from the knee, back, pelvis or hip. Injuries and conditions that cause this symptom are listed below:
  • Stress Fracture of the Femur

    Stress Fracture - Femur

    The femur bone is the long thigh bone. Prolonged overuse can cause a stress fracture known as a femoral stress fracture.

  • Hamstring Origin Tendonitis

    Hamstring Origin Tendonitis

    Hamstring tendinitis is inflammation of the hamstring tendon as it attaches to the ischial tuberosity at the top of the back of the thigh.

  • Referred Hamstring Pain

    Referred Hamstring Pain

    Pain in the hamstring region can originate from the lower back, sacroiliac joints or muscles of the buttocks such as the gluteus maximus and piriformis muscle.

  • Myositis Ossificans

    Myositis Ossificans

    Myositis ossificans can occur as a complication of not treating a contusion correctly and involves a small growth of bone within the muscle.

  • Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

    DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness is a particular type of muscle soreness that sets in hours after exercise. The exercise is usually very hard or far more than the athlete would normally be accustomed to.

  • Front Thigh Pain

    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.

  • Back Thigh Pain

    Pain at the back of the thigh is known as posterior thigh pain and can be acute or sudden onset, or they may be chronic and develop gradually over time. It may also develop following an acute injury which fails to heal properly. The most common is a hamstring strain.