Hematoma / Haematoma / Heamatoma / Traumatic blood clot
Causes of hematoma in your leg
Leg hematoma symptoms
Treating a hematoma in your leg
Surgery / Aspiration
A haematoma is a severe bruise within the soft tissues, usually a muscle.
It often results from an injury.
Symptoms will often resolve over time, but it can take several months before all the bruising and swelling goes.
Anti-inflammatory pain killers, Antibiotics, Pain gels and Rest to the affected area with Exercises help to recover fast.
Some get infected needing long treatment and surgery.
In the first week post-injury the initial treatment is elevation and the application of ice.
Hot - warm bag or Ice:
Maintain at least a two hour gap before re-applying.
Elevate: elevate the area, above the heart if possible when resting. You may need to continue to elevate on occasions throughout the healing process.
From Two Weeks Post Injury Application of heat is recommended (wheat bag or hot water bottle) for periods of 10 to 15 minutes.
Gentle stretching of the muscle is important – hold the stretch for 30 seconds and repeat four times (repeat three times per day). See exercises opposite.
Massage Gently massage the haematoma starting from the outside and do slow, rhythmic, circular movements.
The haematoma will gradually be absorbed by the body. Keeping active is important. Common muscles where haematomas occur are calf, quadriceps and hamstrings.
Haematoma Patient Information Hamstring Stretch – In Sitting Place foot on a low stool / step keeping knee straight.
Reach both hands down to toes until you feel a pulling sensation down the back of your thigh.
Hold this position for 30 seconds. Repeat four times. Quadriceps Stretches Lying on your front, bend your knee and pull your foot towards your buttock until you feel a pulling sensation on the front of your thigh.
Make sure your knees stay close together and your hip does not rise off the floor. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Repeat four times. Calf Stretch Stand with your hands flat against a wall.
Place one foot in front of the other with your toes pointing forwards. Lunge forwards, bending the front knee but keeping the back knee straight. Keep your heels on the floor. Lunge until you feel a pulling sensation on the back of your calf. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Repeat four times.