Ok so I was riding a couple weeks ago and my horse refused a jump and I fell off. Mainly, I wasn't hurt...but I believe the horse accidentally kicked me with one of his back legs as I hit the ground. Nobody's fault here (everyone always replies 'I'm sure he didn't mean it' when I say that) In any case, with most injuries I don't know how much they hurt until later...within an hour or so. But after this fall I immediately knew my shin hurt. Not like it was broken or anything, but I knew it had been 'bumped' because it was immediately sore. I was ok for the last couple weeks but this past week when I went to ride, it was painful. Just painful to the touch, like I would expect to see a big bruise there but there isn't it's just sore. Unfortunately it's in an area that, when I ride, the stirrup leather occassionally bumps it. Plus my boots, half chaps etc put pressure on it so it's sore. My instructor said this past lesson I wasn't riding well, she could tell something was off and said I shouldn't ride if my leg is sore because it's not good for me or for the horse. So I've been looking online and I think this 'sub-periosteal hematoma' is what happened to my leg...but all the info on it isn't really specific. It just says it can take weeks or months to heal. I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with this kind of injury? I'm wondering if I can just 'suck it up' and still ride or will that make it worse? I don't have insurance and my leg is definitely not broken. Also this injury cannot be diagnosed with an xray or anything so I don't really see the point in going to the dr.
So this is what I found online:
A sub-periosteal hematoma is a collection of blood located underneath the protective membranous layer on bones called the periosteum. This occurs as a result of direct force trauma against a bone, typically in one of the lower extremities.
The periosteum is a thick, fibrous membrane that covers and helps nourish our bones. It is very vascular, meaning is has a large blood supply to it, so when there is a traumatic force applied to a bone, like jamming your shin on a coffee table, it can cause bleeding between the membrane and the bone.
These injuries are seen a bit more often in younger persons mainly because their periosteum is very thick, tough and less likely to tear as one would see in older folks.
Because there is very little space between these structures, there is little room for the blood to spread, so it forms a more localized lump under the periosteum that can take many weeks to months to resolve. This bump can also be quite sore to the touch
Read more: What Is A Bruised Bone? | LIVESTRONG.COM
A heavy blow to a bone will cause a 'bruise on the bone' (= 'sub-periosteal haematoma' = a collection of blood under the skin of the bone). These are extremely sore, and can remain tender for months and years, but they do not affect function (ie. You can still do everything). Occasionally you will find that lumps persist after healing - these are just lumps of scar tissue left from the healing process. They do not matter.