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.

Upper thigh pain can also be referred from the lumbar spine where a radiating pain can occur. Upper thigh pain can also be from an injury to the abdomen such as a hernia or from the groin where there is an over compensation from the quadriceps muscles. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.