Hello again eHealth forum. I would like to know if this is a normal healing span for my type of bruise.
In May I fell down my basement steps, and along with many other bruises, I obtained a giant bruise on the top of my left thigh. This bruise would occasionally change shape (I had fun finding out what it looked like LOL!) and rotate colour changes. It hurt so much that it made my eyes tear up while trying to walk, so I imagine the fall tore the muscle a bit.
Anyway, the bruise started to go away in June, but was slow and still painful for a few weeks. Now almost at the end of July, it is not gone, though looks TONS better, and is MUCH smaller and is purple instead of a gross mixture alike to chewed skittles.
Deep thigh contusions can take a long time to resolve. There is a lot of muscle there to tear. A hematoma develops within the muscle and other soft tissues, and it then has to be resorbed.
Hopefully, you are doing okay in terms of knee motion. Deep thigh contusions can sometimes heal with quite a bit a scar tissue, and as such, cause a decrease in knee flexion. Also, in rare cases, myositis ossificans traumatica can set up, where the body actually forms a bone within the thigh muscles after a significant contusion. This is most often seen in athletes, such as football players.
So, yes it can take a long time for all of the blood to be resorbed after a significant contusion. Good luck.