"Corkies" or muscle contusions/bruises are very common during contact sports and are caused by a fall or a knock, resulting in the muscle being "crushed" against the underlying bone.  The impact to the muscle causes bruising and bleeding, both intramuscularly and between the muscle and the bone.  If you look at a corked injury under a microscope, it would look the same as a small muscle tear.

Symptoms you may be experiencing:

  • brief, severe pain at the moment of trauma/impact with pain reducing after the event to become more of a local tenderness
  • pain on movement
  • restricted movement and reduced power
  • bruising/hematoma (dark blue coloured spot on the skin) on some occasions
  • swelling on some occasions

Initial care - things to try at home:

  • rest;
  • apply ice to the area using a wet cloth in between your skin and the ice to protect the skin;
  • use a compression bandage;
  • elevate whenever possible.

Our approach to solving your problem:

  1. Clinical assessment of corkies involves taking the affected muscle through movement, including moving the joints above and below to test for function and strength.  Management of the injury is specific to individual results upon assessment.
  2. In early phases of recovery, myofascial dry-needling and kinesio taping to the surrounding muscles can help to keep the area loose but in this phase our main concern is preventing further damage.  However early treatment can be very effective in speeding up recovery and getting you back to sport quickly.
  3. Using soft tissue therapy techniques, we loosen up the area.
  4. Exercises are prescribed on an individual basis.
  5. We will always strive to get you back to sport as soon as possible while minimising the risk of the injury recurring.  In some cases a cork injury does require a period of rest, although in most cases, you can avoid missing sport if treated properly.

We will then create a management plan specific to you to help you to:

  1. help settle the pain;
  2. get you back to the activities that you enjoy!

If you would like one of our Soft Tissue Therapists to help you recover from a "corkie", give us a call on 9894 2463 or book online to make an appointment.