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.

The thigh will also swell a little post loading of the muscle group especially in weightlifting exercises. Injuries and conditions that cause this symptom are listed below:
  • Thigh Strain

    Thigh Strain

    A thigh strain or quadriceps strain is a tear in one of the quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh. It can range from a mild discomfort to a full blown tear of most of the muscle resulting in severe pain and inability to walk.

  • Femur Fracture

    Femur Fracture

    A femur fracture is a broken thigh bone. Fractures of the Femur can be either a stress fracture which comes on over time through repetitive strain, or a traumatic fracture resulting from a single impact or accident.

  • 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.

  • Hamstring Strain (Pulled Hamstring)

    Hamstring Strain

    A hamstring strain or pulled hamstring is felt as a sudden sharp pain at the back of the thigh. Treatment involves immediate first aid of rest, ice and compression followed by a full rehabilitation and exercise program.

  • Hamstring Muscle Contusion

    Hamstring - Contusion

    A hamstring muscle contusion involves a direct blow to the back of the thigh causing the muscle to be crushed against the bone.

  • 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.