Treatment Protocol For A Corked Muscle Injury?
A physiotherapist can help correctly diagnose and grade the injury as muscle contusions are sometimes confused with muscle tears and applying the correct management for the type and severity of injury is crucial for a speedy return to play. Ideally you should see a physiotherapist as soon as possible if you suspect you have a corked muscle injury.
With a suspected corked muscle injury remember the first do no H.A.R.M. protocol meaning no Heat, no Alcohol, no Running or activity and no Massage. It is important to follow this strictly as well as applying the RICE protocol at the same time.
Following this protocol until you are able to be assessed by a physiotherapist will help ensure decreased swelling and bleeding in the injured area. Remembering that with moderate to severe contusions they may require the use of crutches to ensure complete rest, particularly if full weight bearing on the affected leg is painful.
Complications Of A Corked Muscle
A complication of more severe muscle contusions is developing Myositis Ossificans. Myositis Ossificans is a condition where calcification occurs in the healing hematoma. This can result if the corked muscle is not managed correctly or if treated too aggressively and then basically the healing hematoma forms small bone within layers of the affected muscle.
Symptoms of Myositis Ossificans can include overnight and morning pain, as well as pain on muscle contraction. It may also be possible to feel a hard bump or ‘woody’ feel in the muscle. It is also associated with stiffness and loss of knee range of movement.
With Myositis Ossificans the bone formation typically ceases after six to seven weeks post injury, at which time the bone begins to break down and be reabsorbed by the body. Doesn’t sound too bad however complete recovery from Myositis Ossificans can take up to a year in severe cases. The best treatment for Myositis Ossificans is not getting it in the first place meaning appropriate treatment by a physiotherapist is the sensible management for all corked muscle injuries.
Disclaimer: Sydney Physio Clinic does not endorse any treatments, procedures, products mentioned. This information is provided as an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific advice or assistance regarding What’s The Treatment For A Corked Muscle? should consult his or her orthopaedic surgeon, general practitioner, sports medicine specialist or physiotherapist.