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Firstly, what is a muscle contusion? It is bruising of the muscle following a direct blow or repeated blows to a part of the body, resulting in crushing of the muscle fibres underneath.
In the initial stages, your physiotherapist can help give you advice on compression, elevation, modifying load and activity levels. Your therapist will also provide you with range of movement exercises to encourage gentle movement of the muscle or affected area.
Following this initial stage. your physiotherapist will progress your rehabilitation to suit your ability and needs. Further mobility exercises will be completed to regain full range of movement. Regaining normal function of the affected area or joint is very important to return to previous level of activity. For example, if your leg was affected by gait and later running, re-education may be integral aspects of your rehabilitation.
Regaining strength and endurance of the injured muscle are also key aspects of your rehabilitation. Your physiotherapist is trained in individualising exercise programmes to help you return to sport.
Your physiotherapist will also provide you with sport specific exercises and give you advice on returning to contact or non-contact sports. Furthermore, physiotherapy treatments such as soft or deep tissue massage, dry needling or joint mobilisations may be used where appropriate, to facilitate a speedy recovery.
Moreover, your physiotherapist will be keeping an eye out for complications that may arise following a muscle contusion. Compartment syndrome is rapid bleeding and fluid build-up resulting in painful swelling that may disrupt the blood flow to a limb. Compartment syndrome requires medical attention and your therapist will advise you with this. Another complication that may present from a muscle is myositis ossificans. This condition may result from a rehabilitation programme that is too rapid and results in the bruised muscle growing bone instead of new muscles cells.
If you have recently experienced a muscle contusion, contact our clinic today to book an appointment with one of our physiotherapist. We here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic are ready to help you recover and return to your chosen activity.