Size – The larger the area of your thigh pain, is actually better, because muscles in your thigh stretch from below your knee to your hip. Pain tends to radiate along the muscle fibers and affect large areas. Muscles heal easier & recover faster.
Colour – Bruising in & around the middle of your thigh is quite common after a thigh muscle tear, because of the high concentration of blood vessels in your thigh. These capillaries rupture & leak plasma even after a minor bump. Blue discoloration closer to your knee is more concerning for it may involve your knee joint.
Swelling – Swelling is your body’s way of healing itself by sending cells to heal the tissue. More swelling could mean more tissue damage, however not all injuries swell. Injury to tissue that develops over a few weeks doesn’t swell, because the tissue trauma is continuous and repetitive, so your body stops the inflammatory reaction.
Area – Thigh pain in the front of your thigh are more restrictive during forward driving movements like walking, while pain at the back of your thigh limits you from deceleration movements like climbing down stairs and sitting down. If your thigh pain is closer to your joints, (knee or hip) you must be more concerned.
Sharp pain over a small area makes it easier to pinpoint structures in close proximity to your pain. Vague, dull & deep thigh pain can take longer to identify the root cause.
Stiffness – Stiffness followed by pain is regressing, and getting worse. Seek help. Pain followed by stiffness is a good sign of tissue healing, specifically scar tissue formation. Scar tissue is hardening wound tissue that tends to shorten and pull on structures surrounding the injured site. This is more pronounced in muscle strains & tears, where the normal slide of muscles are restricted during a contraction.
Range of movement – Difficult moving your knee or hip through its range is a big problem. A painful arch means the structure injured only takes tension over that specific range i.e Only painful when you straighten your knee the last 30 degrees. Thigh pain over a smaller range of movement is not necessarily better. If you feel pain only at the end of your range its less severe and easy to fix. When your thigh pain stops the range completely i.e unable to bend your knee you should definitely come see us as soon as possible.