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Corked Thigh

A Corked Thigh (also known as 'Quadriceps Contusion', 'Charleys Horse' or 'Dead Leg') is the result of a direct blow to the thigh, and the muscle tissue is crushed against the underlying bone. 

What is a Corked Thigh? 

A severe impact to the thigh muscle can compress the hard surface of the femur (thigh bone) to the muscle. This in turn can cause a deep rupture to the muscle tissue and haemorrhage can occur, followed by inflammation. This injury is called a Corked Thigh.

It is important to treat a Corked Thigh, as left untreated, it can turn into Myositis Ossificans, where calcification occurs in the healing hematoma. 

Corked Thigh

Signs and Symptoms of Corked Thigh

Signs and symptoms of Corked Thigh include: 

  • Pain
  • Restricted and/or loss of movement
  • Swelling 
  • Bruising
  • Reduced power

The severity of Corked Thigh can be categorized into the following

  • Grade 1: minimal pain, no severe swelling, mild tenderness of muscle 
  • Grade 2: moderate pain and swelling, knee becomes difficult to flex
  • Grade 3: severe pain and tenderness, knee becomes almost impossible to flex without severe pain

Causes of Corked Thigh

Corked Thigh is caused by a direct blow to the muscle. This is very common in contact sports, such as rugby. Other risk factors include:

  • Sports that require quick starts
  • Warm up and cool down habits
  • Offseason, pre-season and season training habits
  • Poor muscle conditioning
  • Level of competition
  • Protective equipment use
  • Playing history
  • Injury history
  • Medical history of any bleeding disorder
  • Age
  • Poor nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Smoking history

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