A Dead Leg, or Quadriceps Contusion, is important to diagnosis correctly. Intramuscular contusions refer to damage to the muscle within the muscle sheath. Often, the blood has nowhere to go, and pressure builds in the sheath causing decreased function and pain. When an intramuscular contusion occurs in the quadriceps muscle, it is vital to take the necessary time to recovery to prevent permanent damage. Intermuscular contusions, on the other hand, is damage to the muscle and the sheath. Intermuscular contusions often take less time to heal when properly treated, but have more noticeable bruising.
What is it?
A Dead Leg, or Quadriceps Contusion, is bruising in the quadriceps muscle, often caused by direct impact.
Common Signs & Symptoms:
Assessment methods involve evaluating pain levels and location, testing strength and range of motion limitations, analyzing gait, and collecting patient history for a mechanism of injury.
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