A so-called “corked thigh” is caused by internal bleeding forming a haematoma (collection of blood in the tissues) in the quadriceps muscle of the thigh.
Pain, stiffness, swelling and bruising are the main symptoms of a corked thigh.
A corked thigh is usually caused by a direct blow to the thigh muscle often during contact sports, such as football or rugby.
Treatment involves rest, ice and compression and elevation of the limb. Advice should be sought from a doctor or physiotherapist as soon as possible regarding management of the injury as there may be a risk of a complication called myositis ossificans. This occurs when bone grows within the muscle as a result of damage to the bone sheath. Myositis ossificans can be caused by returning to training too early after the injury and incorrect massage therapy. A doctor or physiotherapist will be able to advise on stretching exercises and when to start them.
Last Reviewed: 12 August 2009