Treatment for a torn quadriceps muscle includes the use of rest, ice, compression and elevation, OrthoInfo indicates. If the tear involves the quadriceps tendon, the injury may require immobilization, physical therapy or surgery.
The quadriceps are muscles in the front of the thigh. Common causes of injury include overstretching the muscle, according to OrthoInfo. Other causes of injury include a direct blow to the muscle. The injuries are often very painful and may require an X-ray to rule out a broken bone. While minor tears heal quickly, a major tear of the quadriceps sometimes requires months for healing. A previously torn muscle becomes more likely to suffer subsequent injuries.