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.

The iliotibial band or vastus lateralis are areas where acute injuries from direct trauma occur. Outer thigh pain can also be due to a disc or nerve injury in the lumbar spine. The buttock or gluteal muscles can also refer outer thigh pain. Injuries that can cause this symptom are listed below:
  • Dead Leg (Quadriceps Contusion)

    Quadriceps Contusion

    A dead leg or charley horse is a bruise or contusion caused by a sharp impact with a muscle which is usually crushed against the thigh bone resulting in swelling and sometimes bruising of the thigh muscles.

  • 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.