Bodyworks: Muscle Hernia

This condition comes about in the lower leg when a sheath containing a muscle bursts and allows the muscle to bulge out.

Symptoms
There will be swelling over an area of muscle, often with a reduction in pain of the compartment that has been under pressure.

Signs and alternative diagnoses
Your doctor will see and feel the same enlargement that you do, and will want to rule out infections, tumours, foreign bodies and other causes of unexpected bumps.

Medical investigations
These will only be used to eliminate the alternative causes.

Self-treatment
You probably need to do very little, unless RICE is needed to ease local discomfort.

Medical treatment
Unless you wish to pay a large sum of money, the doctor will be unwilling to treat a defect which is purely cosmetic, and risk causing a compartment syndrome.

Can you run through it?/Recovery time
It is unlikely that you’ll need to have much time off, if any, and the permanent swelling will probably become just another object of mirth at the club!