What is a corky?

Aug 5, 2018

What is a corky?

Most of us have heard of a “corked muscle” but aren’t sure of exactly what it is.

It is a very common injury in contact sports players in Colac, such as Footballers and Netballers.

A cork is a large bruise inside of a muscle, resulting from a blunt trauma.

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 might not be visible until a few days later.

Do I Need to see a Physio for a Corky?

You will often hear people say “It’s just a Corky”, which can cause people not to bother treating it properly.

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

If a bad cork isn’t treated properly, the muscle can sometimes develop oddly formed scar tissue and occasionally even some bone growing in the muscle and this is going to take a long time to heal.

 A physiotherapist at Corio Bay Sports Treatment Clinic Colac can help you can get the muscle back to full strength and function, playing pain free again, much quicker than just sitting around and waiting.

How long does it take a Corky to heal?

A corky is going to be stiff and sore for a while, but it will get better.

Our physios will grade the severity of your corky and give you an indication of how long it will take.

With correct management you can generally get back to playing sport within 1-2 weeks, normally without missing a game.

It can take 4-6 weeks for the muscle to be at full strength again.


If you are suffering with a corked muscle book an assessment with one of our experienced physios in Colac to be active and live well again https://corio-bay-sports-treatment-clinic-colac.cliniko.com/bookings#location