We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How do I Treat a Pulled Quadricep?

Deanna Baranyi
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

There are a few basic steps that can be taken to treat a pulled quadricep muscle. In most cases, the person should rest the injured muscle, ice the pulled quadricep, compress it with a tightly wrapped bandage, and then elevate the leg that is affected with the pulled muscle. After the first 48 hours have passed, it may be helpful to apply a heat pack to the pulled quadricep area. Some people may also find it helpful to treat the injury with a cream or ointment that is infused with peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, or cinnamon oil.

When an injury such as a pulled quadricep muscle occurs, it is generally best to rest the leg immediately. By not continuing to participate in whatever activity that caused the injury, it can prevent more serious damage from happening to the four leg muscles that make up the quadriceps. After resting for a short period of time, ice should be applied to the affected muscle.

During the first 48 hours after the injury, it is usually recommended to ice the pulled quadricep to help keep swelling down. Typically, the area should be iced in 20 minute intervals, giving the skin a chance to reach room temperature again between intervals. In addition, the ice pack should be wrapped in a cloth, so that the skin does not become raw or injured from the cold.

The pulled quadricep muscle may also be wrapped with a compression bandage. There are some bandages that are specifically designed for a strained quadricep muscle. The compression bandage should be left on the leg for about two days. In addition, a non-prescription pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, may help ease the pain.

By resting and elevating the leg, the pulled quadricep muscle may heal quicker. It is often recommended that the injured area be elevated above the heart. So, in the case of the quadriceps, it is best to recline, and then prop the leg up on several pillows. Many people find that by elevating the leg above the heart for about a day, swelling is greatly reduced.

After the first 48 hours passes, some doctors recommend applying a heat pack to the injured muscle. As in the case of icing the leg, the heat pack should be applied in 20 minute intervals, letting the skin reach room temperature between each interval. The heat pack also should be wrapped in a cloth to prevent the skin from burning. At this time, the person can usually begin to slowly stretch the affected area.

Some creams and ointments may help relieve the symptoms of the pulled quadricep as well. For example, creams that contain peppermint or eucalyptus may feel hot and may relieve pain. Other creams may work to relax the muscle. These creams can be purchased at drugstores, online, or even made at home using essential oils. If the injured quadricep does not feel better after a few days, a doctor or medical practitioner may need to be consulted.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Deanna Baranyi
By Deanna Baranyi
Deanna Baranyi, a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the written word, brings a diverse skill set to her work. With degrees in relevant fields and a keen ability to understand and connect with target audiences, she crafts compelling copy, articles, and content that inform and engage readers.
Discussion Comments
Deanna Baranyi
Deanna Baranyi
Deanna Baranyi, a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the written word, brings a diverse skill set to her...
Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.