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Large bruise on the back of thigh, no pain. Reasons ?

About a month ago I noticed a large bruise on the back of my thigh ( hamstring ) while working out. I had only just started back working out a few month before. I had np pain and no recollection what would have cause such a large ugly bruise. Last week my leg was feeling a little tired/weaker than the other so I happened to run my hand along the back of my thigh. I found that my muscle, above the knee , felt very firm almost like a ball. Right above the protruding muscle there was an indention that runs the same width as the ball. When I stand sideways in the mirror and flex my foot so that my calf is parallel to the ground, the softball sized ball with scooped out indention above is pronounced to the point of deformity . Still have no pain; just the weak feeling and a sense of hard flexure
Asked On : Thu, 14 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

From the description, I suspect that you could have suffered a possible tear in the muscle fibres during your workout's resulting in the formation of a large bruise.

Most muscle strains can be treated with the RICE protocol. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Rest -Take a break from the activity that caused the strain.
Ice - Do not apply ice directly to the skin. Use cold packs for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day.
Compression -To prevent additional swelling and blood loss, wear an elastic compression bandage.
Elevation - To minimize swelling, keep your leg up higher than your heart.

If you experience loss of strength and weakness in the involved muscle, you may need a surgical reconstruction.

I suggest you to consult an orthopedic sports medicine specialist for further evaluation and management.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Thu, 26 Sep 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Jaydeep Nanda's  Response
Hello .. it is a good description of the injury u have. It appears to be a muscle tear, which can happen while exercising, and the pain may go unnoticed.

for the moment a splinting with a crepe bandage or Tubigrip, would benefit. You need to get a Ultrasound scan done for the diagnosis.

do contact us to let us know if this was helpful and what was the scan report !!

Thank you

Answered: Thu, 26 Sep 2013
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