Quadriceps Contusion

ExitCare ImageA quadriceps contusion is a deep bruise of the large muscle in the front of your thigh. Contusions happen when an injury causes bleeding under the skin. Signs of bruising include pain, puffiness (swelling), and discolored skin. The contusion may turn blue, purple, or yellow. Follow your doctor's directions when this muscle is bruised.


  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Rest your thigh until the pain and puffiness are better.

  • Raise (elevate) your leg to lessen puffiness. Lie down and put a pillow under your knee.

  • Put on an elastic wrap as told by your doctor. You can take it off for sleeping, showers, and baths. If your toes get cold, blue, or lose feeling (numb), take the wrap off and put it back on more loosely.

  • Walk or move around if it is not painful, or as told. Start normal activities only when your doctor says it is okay.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.


  • You have more bruising or puffiness.

  • Your pain gets worse.

  • Your puffiness or pain is not helped by medicine.

  • Your toes or foot become cold or turn blue.

  • You see that your thigh is getting larger.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.