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I have a deep muscle bruise in my calf. what is the best treatment to relieve pain and stiffness?

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Dr. Robert Levine
Dermatology 20 years experience
Muscle bruise Rx: Heat and gentle stretching exercises. When you are pain free, you can start strengthening and slowly return to you normal sports activities. Also otc ibuprophen or Naproxen - assuing you can safely take nsaids.
Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
And ...: Tho' your bruise has healed by now, next time you have physical trauma like that try some arnica. It is a homeopathic remedy that works quite well for injured or overworked muscles. It can be taken orally and also in a cream or ointment rubbed over injured areas several times a day. There are no contraindications or known drug interactions.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

I have a deep muscle bruise in my calf. What is the best treatment?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Cold followed by hea: In the acute phase, right after the bruise, you should put cold compress on the area, intermittently for about four hours to lessen the bleeding and swelling. After the first day you should put hot/warm compresses to increase blood flow and resolve the injury. Do not take Aspirin or related medications in the acute phase.

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