Apply ice to the injured area immediately.
A deep thigh bruise is a bruise to the quadriceps, a group of four muscles located in the front of the thigh. Often the result of a direct blow to the front of the thigh, this injury is especially common in athletes who participate in contact sports such as American football and rugby. Deep thigh bruises are classified as mild, moderate or severe, with more severe bruises requiring a longer treatment period. Treatment for this type of injury begins with the rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) method. This is followed by stretching, medication and protection until your leg is pain free and you have a full range of motion again.
The first step in treating a deep thigh bruise is to follow the RICE method. First, immediately stop what you were doing when you had the bruise and apply ice or a cold compress wrapped in a towel or cloth to protect the skin in the area. During the first four to six hours immediately following the injury, you should apply ice for about 20 minutes per hour and then every 3 to 4 waking hours for the next two days. When applying ice, you should bend the knee as much as you can without causing pain to help prevent stiffness and loss of range of motion. In conjunction with ice, you should also use a bandage to help prevent swelling. It shouldn’t be too tight and you should have full circulation to your feet and toes. As you rest your leg, try to keep it elevated. While it’s ideal to have him above your heart,
Rugby players are at risk of deep thigh bruises.
If you are not allergic to ibuprofen or acetaminophen, you can take either of these medications to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. However, be sure not to exceed the dosage instructions for any of the medications. If you need stronger pain relief, or if the pain lasts longer than 10 days, stop taking pain relievers and seek medical help.
Crutches may be needed for a severe thigh bruise to keep weight off the injured leg.
A regular stretching program is important for recovery. You can try lying on your stomach with a pillow under your injured leg. Then, slowly bend your leg at the knee until you feel a stretching sensation. Hold for about 30 to 60 seconds at a time and repeat, gradually stretching a little longer each time. You should do this for 10 to 15 minutes a day, three times a day, for a period of 10 days to two weeks.
Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, can help treat deep thigh bruises.
It is also very important to protect the area from further injury. Protective padding or compression wraps work well for this purpose. Crutches may be needed in especially severe cases to keep the patient’s weight off the affected leg. Once your leg no longer hurts and you have the same range of motion you had before the injury, you should be ready to get back to your normal activities.
During recovery, you will need to avoid certain activities, especially those that can strain your legs. If you are a regular runner, you may need to do another activity, such as swimming or upper body resistance training. Once you’ve recovered, it’s important to avoid activities that could cause you to injure yourself again. Make sure you wear proper protective gear for whatever sport you play and wear an elastic bandage over the injury site when exercising again.
Failure to adhere to a proper treatment plan for deep thigh bruises can lead to a condition known as myositis ossificans, a buildup of blood that eventually calcifies in the injured muscle. Another possible complication of inadequate treatment is compartment syndrome, resulting from excessive muscle swelling. In this condition, the swelling can cause the nerve and circulatory tissues at the injury site to compress and even die. Both conditions usually require surgical treatment. To avoid complications, you should contact a doctor right away if you are in extreme pain, cannot walk on your injured leg, feel a lot of pressure in the injured area, or see signs of infection.
things to avoid
It is important not to apply heat to a deep thigh bruise, as this can increase swelling and bleeding. Massage can also be harmful, so it’s not recommended for the first few days after an injury. Also, make sure you don’t strain the muscle any more when using it, at least for the first couple of days. Also avoid alcohol, at least for the first few days. Above all, do not try to ignore the pain, as delaying treatment can lead to permanent complications.