Leg injuries and pain
Complete treatment for your leg injury
Anyone can experience a leg injury – an athlete, a weekend warrior, even an employee who carries around equipment. Teens and young adults most frequently experience leg injuries during sports or from accidental falls, while older adults have a higher risk of leg injuries because they lose muscle mass and bone strength as they age.
Our Dignity Health Physical Therapy team offers you expert, compassionate care for your pain associated with:
- Femur shaft fracture
- Groin injury
- Hamstring injury
- Quadriceps strain
Regardless of your injury, the Dignity Health Physical Therapy team will evaluate the injury or issue and develop a personalized treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery.
Leg injuries we treat
A femur shaft fracture, or broken thighbone, typically occurs during heavy collisions, such as car accidents. The thighbone is the strongest bone in the body and takes a lot of force to break.
Common symptoms of a femur shaft fracture include:
- Immediate, severe pain
- Inability to bear weight
- The affected leg appears shorter than the other leg
A groin injury is a strain or tear to any muscles on the inner side of your thigh. Common causes of a groin injury include sudden movements, such as twisting to change direction while running, kicking and jumping.
Symptoms of a groin injury include:
- Loss of strength in the upper leg
- Pain in the inner thigh
A hamstring injury involves a strain or tear to the tendons or large muscles located at the back of the thigh. The injury can occur when you decelerate following a hard sprint or run.
Common symptoms of hamstring injuries include:
With a hamstring injury, it’s important that you work with a physical therapist to increase your range of motion and strengthen your hamstring and the muscles around it. This will help you alleviate symptoms and decrease the risk of a future hamstring injury.
Quadricep strains involve a group of four muscles in the front thigh that connect to the knee just below the knee cap. Quadricep strains are typically due to the overuse of the muscles. Common symptoms of a quadricep strain include:
- Tightness in the thigh
It’s important to work with your physical therapist to learn and perform exercises that strengthen your quads, the muscles around them, and fortify your balance and flexibility. This helps the recovery process and decreases the chance of future quadriceps strains.