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Corked Thigh – Ouch!
A ‘corked thigh’ in the medical world is referred to as a quadriceps contusion. This occurs when a direct force (usually a knee) makes contact with someones thigh. As a result of the direct blow, localized bleeding occurs intermuscular (between muscles) or intramuscular (confined to one muscle). Significant bruising, swelling and restriction of range of motion is commonly evident.
In some cases, the bleeding and resultant hematoma can calcify and cause a painful condition called ‘myositis ossificans’. In this instance, the body mistakenly lays down osteoblasts (bone cells) into the thigh! Ouch! Luckily, the bone stops growing after a few weeks and the body reabsorbs the bone.
Physiotherapy is very useful in speeding up the recovery process. Early mobilisation through massage, stretching and exercise is vital to ensure a quick and safe return to play.