A Guide To Grande Prairie Physiotherapy And Massage

A ‘corked’ thigh is more correctly described as a muscular contusion. This occurs when a force is applied to a muscle (typically by a blunt object) in order to cause it to bleed. This type of injury is rather common in contact sports like football. View it now Grande Prairie Physiotherapy & Massage

So, what exactly does my diagnosis imply?

When a contusion occurs, the muscle, its surrounding fascia, and the small blood vessels are damaged, resulting in bleeding. The injury frequently develops in the muscles’ deepest layers, closest to the bone. The bleeding and injury cause inflammation and a collection of blood, which manifests as severe swelling and/or bruising at the injury site. In many cases, especially in the early stages after an injury, there will be severe restriction of knee movement and an inability to place weight through the affected leg. In the early phases of an injury, it’s critical to identify the severity of the injury so that the best treatment plan can be implemented.

What am I supposed to do?

Stage One: Emergency Management (0- 2 DAYS) Damage Control is the name of the game. Rest: At first, avoid putting too much weight into the knee. Crutches are frequently needed. Maintain as much knee bending as feasible. Ice: For the first 48 hours, apply 15-20 minutes of ice every 2-4 hours. Keep the knee bent as much as possible. Compression: For 48 hours, use a bandage to keep the swelling at bay. This could happen in a way that encourages knee bending. Elevation: Try to keep the leg elevated to help the swelling go down. Seek medical help. There will be no massage or stretching. There is no alcohol, and there is no heat.

So, what’s next?

Stage 2: Sub-Acute Management (2-14 DAYS) In this stage, the knee’s range of motion is restored. The physiotherapist will employ their manual treatment abilities at this stage, with the primary goal of restoring range of motion to the afflicted knee. Manual therapy, on the other hand, will be cautious in nature; if treatment is overly harsh, another bleed may occur. To improve range of motion in the knee, gentle exercises will be given.

Stage 3: Getting Back To Work (14 DAYS – 21 DAYS) Walking is recovered, strength training begins, and range of motion is recovered. The patient is now more of a driving force behind the treatment, with a strong focus on activity rehabilitation to guarantee the best possible return to function. However, it will be critical to keep a tight eye on the rehabilitation programme to avoid aggravating the injury.

Stage 4: Getting Back Into Sport (3-6 WEEKS) The extent and form of the injury will determine when you can return to sports. Before the rehabilitation treatment may move further, the lower leg must pass specific functional assessments. The curriculum will begin to incorporate sport-related exercises and will likely focus on proprioception and stability.