Hi! I’m a lacrosse player and during our warmups I was back-peddling and felt a sharp pain in the side of my quad and my leg kinda of gave out. Now when I’m laying on my stomach, I can’t lift my quad/hamstring. There is a sharp pain down the side of my leg whenever I try. What do you think the problem is?

– Mary Kate M.


Hi Mary Kate,

Without doing a full examination, it’s hard to comment on what the exact problem is. However, we can provide some information. In general, a sharp pain felt while doing an activity, such as back peddling, is often related to muscle strains, ligament sprains or traumas to other soft tissues in the area. This type of injury could also occur from injuries to the low back or due to tears in the muscles or ligaments as well. These tissues can take anywhere from weeks to months to heal, depending on what the main cause is.

We recommend that you be seen by a trained healthcare professional or physical therapist as soon as possible. This way, you’ll get a better picture of the problem and start your path to recovery. A physical therapist is trained in assessing these types of conditions and can help identify exactly what the injured tissues are and how we can further treat them. The PT can also help identify if the injuries sustained require further imaging or assessment by another medical provider.

In the meantime, icing may be helpful and should not exceed 15-20 minute intervals greater than once every few hours. Use a barrier between the ice and the skin as well. During this time it would be beneficial to refrain from performing any painful activities. This will prevent further irritation to the area. In order to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic physical therapist in your area you can visit the website for the American Physical Therapy Association ( or our website


This reply is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.