I got a fairly severe bruise about a month ago (that was about the size of my hand) on my thigh. The swelling, pain, and discoloration had gone away, but today the whole area was stiff, and started to hurt again.
Are there any complications with large bruises like this, and is there anything that I should be watching out for?
Large deep bruises in a big muscle like the quadricep can take a long time to resolve and may actually partially calcify. We recommend that you come in to be checked by Dr. Schneider, our sports medicine doctor, to determine if your new pain and stiffness is due to residual hematoma (blood collection), infection or other abnormality.