I'm interested in experiential knowledge about clashing shins and shin hematoma. Specifically, after the initial R(rest) - I (ice) - C (compression) - E (elevation) [RICE], how soon do you recommend heat, gentle massage, etc.?
Last year I had a tibial (shin) periosteal contusion and hematoma (bone bruise) which was quite painful, never was a visible bruise, and healed very well. Two months ago, I clashed again, other side, had a large soft tissue contusion and hematoma which has been very slow to improve.
As the tenderness waned, I tried massaging the hard lump beneath the skin--without much success. I tried more forceful massage for a few days, which resulted in a hematoma infection, cellulitis (skin infection), small abscess, fevers/chills, and subsequent improvement after days of antibiotics--and a significant decrease in the size of the induration (hard lump).
Medically, I know a lot about these injuries, but I lack the real-world knowledge that comes from experience. What do other karateka know about this injury and recommend? Does the healing arts side of Uechi-ryu offer any insight or ideas?
I would appreciate any stories, tips, remedies, and knowledge. Thanks!