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What are the best ways to treat bruised muscle in your knee?

What are the best ways to treat bruised muscle in your knee?

R.I.C.E.: Initially, rice (rest, ice, compression (ace wrap), and elevate). After the bruising has been stopped, warm, moist heat, physical therapy, massage, and range of motion exercises. Depending on what specifically is bruised, additional therapies may be prescribed. ...Read more

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It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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I have a sore muscle in my thigh above my knee. It is tender to the touch & sore when walking. Aches at times when sitting.Any concern of blood clot?

I have a sore muscle in my thigh above my knee. It is tender to the touch & sore when walking.  Aches at times when sitting.Any concern of blood clot?

Probably not: Blood clots usually form in the deep vessels of the leg. They can cause pain behind the knee and they often cause leg and ankle swelling. It sounds like you have a muscle strain, not a blood clot. Birth control pills do increase the risk for blood clots so it is important to stay active and not smoke. If you have swelling in one leg/ankle then it is a good idea to see a doctor. ...Read more

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I had calf muscle tear with horrible bruising and pain. Am i more prone to that now in that leg? I have 2 knee replacements.

I had calf muscle tear with horrible bruising and pain.  Am i more prone to that now in that leg?  I have 2 knee replacements.

Calf Tear: Sounds like you had a grade iii muscle tear. This leads to weakness that much be regained by gradual restrengthening. It also leads to swelling and scar tissue that needs to be worked out. Make sure you spend time with a manual physical therapist who will work out all of the scar adhesions and regain the strength and flexibility. They are great at that. Dr rich blake. ...Read more

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Bruising, muscle numbness and pain in my knee? The bruise is round with a spot in the center that's not bruised. I didn't hit it on anything.

Bruising, muscle numbness and pain in my knee? The bruise is round with a spot in the center that's not bruised. I didn't hit it on anything.

Bruising: Bruising without injury should prompt a doctor visit. Sometimes, we sustain injury without a clear memory of the trauma, but unexplained bruising should be evaluated with examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Told DVT ruled out from blood test & probably muscle pain is this right? Varicose veins in 1 leg with bruising. Throbbing above bruises under knee.

Told DVT ruled out from blood test & probably muscle pain is this right? Varicose veins in 1 leg with bruising. Throbbing above bruises under knee.

Venous reflux test: Recommend that you look into your vein disease further w/ a venous reflux ultrasound test to assess your varicose veins & to look into venous insufficiency as a possible cause. An ultrasound can also assess for other possibilities such as ruptured Baker's cyst, hematoma, or tumor such as sarcoma. If US negative then consider a MRI of the leg joints / muscle. Could also be nerves or inflammatory. ...Read more

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How to know if it's a clot, or just a tight & sore muscle in calf or behind knee?

How to know if it's a clot, or just a tight & sore muscle in calf or behind knee?

Swelling, history: Calf pain/soreness itself fortunately does not raise concern for a blood clot. Significant swelling of 1 leg but not the other especially in the context of recent immobilization (long flight, injury requiring hospitalization/bedrest) or surgery would suggest a risk of a blood clot in the veins of the leg. History of a clotting disorder or cancer also contributes to suspicion. ...Read more

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I have a sore muscle in the front of and side of thigh above my knee with sensitive skin which feels sensitive when my clothes rub/to the cold?

I have a sore muscle in the front of and side of thigh above my knee with sensitive skin which feels sensitive when my clothes rub/to the cold?

? Shingles: If the symptoms are only on one side of the body and if you had chicken pox as a child, it suggests shingles. If you develop a rash or vesicles on the skin, that would be diagnostic of shingles. It would be prudent to consult a doctor if the symptoms do not subside in a day or so. ...Read more

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Sore muscle on the outside of right leg from about the ankle to halfway up towards my knee. Lots of plyometric activity.Jumping/runing. What to do?

Sore muscle on the outside of right leg from about the ankle to halfway up towards my knee. Lots of plyometric activity.Jumping/runing. What to do?

Sore Muscle: If you have a sore muscle from exercise you can used rice to rest it. Rice is rest, ice, compression and elevation. This will help calm the muscle and help it heal. If the pain persists or gets worse, you should see your physician. ...Read more

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What is the best way to apply heat on a bruised muscle?

No best way?: I guess there is no "best" way. Use common sense. Heat some water not to the point of burning the skin. Get a small towel or large gauze get it wet with the warm water and apply it over the diseased area. If that cools too fast warm it up more. If you have a heating pad just wrap it with some sort of cloth or linen so you don't apply the plastic of it directly over the skin. Avoid ointments under. ...Read more

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I have hurt both of my knees exercising. The entire knee hurts. They're not swollen or bruised no crunching but hurt a lot. What's the best treatment?

I have hurt both of my knees exercising. The entire knee hurts. They're not swollen or bruised no crunching but hurt a lot.  What's the best treatment?

Rest: For overuse injuries it's best to take a break for a few days. Cold packs will help to reduce swelling and pain but be careful not to put frozen objects directly on the skin (bags of frozen peas work really well). You can also use an anti-inflammatory medication for a few days. ...Read more

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I got bruses, on my legs and knees, from when my dad would hit me. What's the best way to deal with the bruses and scars?

I got bruses, on my legs and knees, from when my dad would hit me. What's the best way to deal with the bruses and scars?

Social services: It sounds like your problem is abuse, much more than bruising. Speak to the authorities, or a teacher in school. ...Read more

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Which muscles should I strengthen to treat hyperextended knee?

Which muscles should I strengthen to treat hyperextended knee?

Exercise and PT: Get a physical therapy evaluation. He muscles that support you knee would be the anterior quadriceps and hamstrings. Get a pt evaluation. ...Read more

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What exersises are best for building muscle to support the knee?

What exersises are best for building muscle to support the knee?

Knee stabilization: Exercises include straight leg lifts, laying on your back, and on your side as a good way to start. Then typically the exercises progress to focus on vastus medialis, quadriceps and hamstring strengthening. Avoiding leg extension exercises with weight that start below 30 degrees flexion at the knees, ( this includes squats) as these can stress the joint. ...Read more

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I twisted my knee and now its swollen, bruised and very painful. How should I treat it?

I twisted my knee and now its swollen, bruised and very painful. How should I treat it?

Rice: It sounds like you did tear something, since it is bruised. The treatment, until you can get to a doctor, is rest, ice, compression, and elevation....Ice is recommended for the first 48 hours, after that usually heat. You do need to see a doctor, and likely have the fluid tapped, an xray, and maybe an mri. ...Read more

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Fell on my knee , slight swelling and bruising but the pain is so bad i can't walk and makes me extremely nauseous . How do I treat the pain ?

Fell on my knee , slight swelling and bruising but the pain is so bad i can't walk and makes me extremely nauseous . How do I treat the pain ?

Contusion: It is common to have nausea associated with a knee injury. For now, icing, rest and elevation is recommended. If you can take nsaids like Ibuprofen or naproxen, these reduce inflammation. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a pain reliever. Ginger is a natural antinauseant. Dramamine relieves nausea but may cause drowsiness. See your md if swelling and pain persists or worsens. ...Read more

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I crashed my bike thurs ended w/a non-diagnosed bone bruise on outside of my knee. Treated w/rice&finished ride. Cont rice& riding next 2 dys w/no pain cycling. Is it ok to cont cycling?

Yes, if U R not hav-: Ing any symptoms then it should be okay to continue. Let the symptoms dictate what you can do, if anything worsens, stop and go down a notch or two, but continue. If it continues to persist do see your orthopod. ...Read more

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