If you’ve ever had someone’s shoulder or knee hit you hard in the thigh or the arm, you probably know all about how painful and limiting a Muscle Contusion or “Cork” can be!
It’s a pretty common injury for contact sports, as well as sports like hockey, cricket and baseball when a player gets hit by the ball.
Contusions in the muscle result from a hard impact which causes a tear or rupture in the deep tissue of the muscle – leading to bruising, swelling and inflammation. These nasty corks can often stop athletes from playing for weeks at a time, depending on how badly the muscle tissue is damaged.
What a Physio can do to Help:
- Soft tissue release – to reduce muscle tightness, increase blood flow into the muscle
- Dry Needling – to assist the inflammation-healing process, and reduce the muscle spasm
- Kinesiology Taping – to reduce swelling
- Stretching and restrengthening of the muscle
What you can do:
- RICER Protocol (Rest. Ice. Elevation. Referral) in the first 2-3 days
- No HARM (No Heat. No Alcohol. No Running. No Massage) in the first 48 hours
- Light stretching of the injured muscle
- Book in with a physiotherapist to help you get back on the field!
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