1/14/12

Does a Quadriceps Muscle Dent Have You Scared?

Have you noticed a “dent” in  your quadriceps muscle, or a groove and you’re really worried? 
The typical quad dent is 1-2 inches in vertical length, though some describe it as diagonal or horizontal. If it’s vertical, sometimes it’s longer.

If a quadriceps dent has you practically panicking, below are some encouraging words from Dr. Joseph J. Ruane, Medical Director, McConnell Spine, Sport & Joint Center, and Head Team Physician, Columbus Blue Jackets.


First of all, any obvious or irregular change in tissue structure -- such as ‘denting,’ is worth getting checked,” begins Dr. Ruane.  
However, he continues: “Rarely (and I mean rarely) it may be a sign of something bad going on underneath. However, it may be reassuring to know that the dent is most often a loss of subcutaneous tissue (the fat under the skin) rather than loss of muscle tissue itself.  

“This can result from local trauma (bumping hard into the corner of a desk).  The fatty tissue is damaged in the impact, and sometimes shrivels and shrinks; leaving a dimple, or dent.  Sometimes it fills back in, often it may not.  Muscles do not atrophy in small, defined sections that leave dents.”


Somewhere along the way, people have come to believe that a dent in a muscle is a sign of a neurological disease. 
Check out THESE quad dents!
However, look at the bodies of physique contestants. They have dents and grooves all over their bodies. A dent or groove in a muscle is not a telltale sign of a neurological disease.

Another cause of a groove or dent is leaning against something for a period of time. This will leave an impression in the skin, which makes it appear that the muscle itself is indented, when in fact, it’s just the skin. 

If you notice a dent in your quad, ask yourself if you’ve recently been leaning it against something, or had something weighted on your lap. Such an indent can last a while.

Look at human anatomy illustrations. The natural structure of quadriceps muscles includes vertical dents. The lower your body fat, the more visible these are; bodybuilders call them “separations” and are much sought after by these athletes.

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