Ouch! My Hip Hurts: A Rare Case Report of Rectus Femoris Muscle Tear Causing Failure in Hip Extension

  • Lavinen Kumar SugumarEmail author
  • G. M. Mariam
  • M. Y. Yau
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Bioengineering book series (LNBE)


A unique case is presented of a patient who is unable to fully hip extend in a rectus femoris muscle tear. Rectus femoris muscle is a type of quadriceps muscle, which is the most involved muscle in strain pathologies. Rectus femoris involves primarily in hip flexion and knee extension. We report a 23 year old young man who sustained injury to his right hip after a game of ‘sepak takraw’ whereby he fell on his right gluteus after a bicycle kick in the air. He sought medical attention immediately as he was unable to extend his hip and presented with a palpable painful mass over his right gluteal and proximal thigh region. This is the first reported case of rectus femoris tear presenting with failure of hip extension.


Rectus femoris Hip extension Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation Cryotherapy Isometric quadriceps contraction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lavinen Kumar Sugumar
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. M. Mariam
    • 1
  • M. Y. Yau
    • 1
  1. 1.Sports Medicine UnitHospital Queen Elizabeth Kota KinabaluKota KinabaluMalaysia

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