What Is A Corked Muscle?

WHAT IS A CORK?

We've all heard of a cork, a corked muscle, or a 'corkie'.

This may sound new to you but a cork is a bruise INSIDE of a muscle.

Some call it 'charlie horse'.

It is mostly footballers, netballers or contact sport players who get a cork right on their knees or elbow or even into a big muscle.

A cork happens after a blunt trauma, causing a large bruise to form in the muscle.

If the trauma occurred in the superficial muscles close to the skin, a bruise will form a few hours later.

When the cork or contusion occurs deep in the soft tissue, the bruise may become visible a few days later.

If the trauma is bad enough, it can cause some tearing within the muscle.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A CORK TO HEAL?

Having a bad cork or a tear in the muscle can sometimes develop weirdly formed scar tissue and occasionally even some bone growing in the muscle and this is going to take a long time to heal (but it should dissolve eventually).

It won't feel nice, but be assured that a cork doesn't need surgery, they just need time to heal properly and for the muscle to recover - but usually a cork is just a big bruise inside of a muscle.

It's going to be sore, it's going to be stiff - but it's not forever! 

Oftentimes it takes about four to six weeks to get the muscle right again.

DO I NEED HELP FROM A PHYSIO?

With the help of a physiotherapist you can get the muscle back to optimal function to stretch into higher level activities again, and quicker than just sitting around and waiting.

Oftentimes it takes about four to six weeks to get the muscle right again.

If you've got a cork, if you've had one previously, or you're struggling with one right now - get in touch with a physiotherapist as soon as possible to get you back to moving well and feeling great!