I have found such great information on this site, that I wanted to ask another question!
I recently played a game of co-rec softball (haven't played for YEARS), and sustained an unfortunate injury while playing. Let's just say I "caught" a line drive with my thigh, just above my knee (thank goodness!).
It hurt, but I was able to play the remainder of the game. (I know, I shouldn't have...).
The first night, the area was red; a perfect imprint of the softball. You can even see where the laces of the ball were. The next day, the bruise was bigger and really swollen.
Now, two days later, the bruise has doubled in size and is deep purple, blue and now green. I think the swelling has gone down a bit. I know this is normal, but when do you know if you should go to the doctor versus just do the recommended R.I.C.E.? (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Is RICE something you do until the bruise goes away, or is it only during the first 24 hours?
oh--and more information-- I can walk on my leg, it is just sore to the touch on the bruise. No other symtpoms (no tingling or loss of sensation or anything).
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