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Old 10-23-04, 09:24 PM
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I would assume there are a number of people here who have torn up their legs during all their riding. I did this once 15 years ago, two years later my leg was still throbbing. Now I have done it again, pushing to hard while I am out of shape. I have been using ice off and on but it hasn't helped much. Has anyone else found good ways of dealing with this?
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Rice... Rest and Ice are the only things I've found really. Two years seems incredibly inordinate and makes me wonder if you did ligament damage.
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Old 10-23-04, 09:39 PM
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Agree with Seely above, if you haven't already done so, get yourself to a doctor on this one.
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XYZ...Can't imagine doing this just by working out too hard..Mine took a hell of a fall..Dr . said one of the worst cases he ever had to operate on. I keep a close eye on the objects in the bike lane..I hope. Sure, I have slowed down lots too, so as to be more careful.
Believe me, this surgery and related therapy is No fun.
Still, when I came to after surgery, within 15 minutes, I asked the doctor when I can get back on the bike.
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Old 10-23-04, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris L
Agree with Seely above, if you haven't already done so, get yourself to a doctor on this one.

I don't have the cash to do that. This didn't start with riding, I hurt my back 4 years ago. I work at Burger King, my back was giving me problems and with all the bending/twisting/kneeling involved in feeding the masses this was the start of my problem, bending with my legs. Then I was stupid and did a bunch of sprint workouts.

Going to a doctor is out(as I said, I work at Burger King). Next payday I am going to have enough money to start going to the bonecracker again. Taking care of the bad back is going to take priority over a bit of leg pain. I have heard that a heating pad should be used after the initial icing, I was wondering if anyone had any imput on this subject.
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Originally Posted by seely
Rice... Rest and Ice are the only things I've found really. Two years seems incredibly inordinate and makes me wonder if you did ligament damage.

That could be, the pain I have now is in the same leg it was back when I was young. But it seems to be spreading. It was in the hamstring at the start, but now it's in the quads and has moved into the calf. I think work plays a big roll in this. I am 6'2" working around stuff built for small people. I would just bend my back a bit but now that I can't do that I have to bend at the knees.
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I wouldn't be surprised if the back pain is inflaming nerves and making you stand/move in unbalanced ways and is probably causing the leg pain.

RICE is excellent 1st aid for a few days to slow blood movement and reduse swelling. After the acute injury phase you want to increase blood flow to the area to speed recovery. Use a heating pad for that.
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Old 10-24-04, 04:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Paniolo
I wouldn't be surprised if the back pain is inflaming nerves and making you stand/move in unbalanced ways and is probably causing the leg pain.


Yes, that is what happened. I first hurt my back a few years ago, I was getting it adjusted but have had to little money to continue this lately. They were telling me to work on streching, but I guess I can't grasp these things untill after I hurt myself. I also didn't listen well enough about sitting up. I made things worse be not being carefull about sitting up on the bench press, locked my back up for a few minutes. But it was the movements at work that have been killing my leg.



Originally Posted by Paniolo
RICE is excellent 1st aid for a few days to slow blood movement and reduse swelling. After the acute injury phase you want to increase blood flow to the area to speed recovery. Use a heating pad for that.

I just went and bought a heating pad. Wow! Killed the pain right off. Seems to be coming back a bit(just a little) now though. Is this something you should do 3 times a day, once a day, 5 times a day, or what?
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Just fyi: 'RICE' is typically understood to be an acronym for sprain treatment:

Rest
Ice
Compression
Elevation

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1) You really need a sports physiotherapist, if you can afford one. Doctors don't usually have the specialised knowledge of how to rehabilitate a soft tissue injury, which is a complex process with several phases.

2) I'm currently rehabilitating a chronic groin muscle strain using an excellent self-help book called "Treat Your Own Strains, Sprains and Bruises". The book is available from Spinal Publications Ltd, P.O.Box 93 Waikanae, New Zealand or in the U.S. from OPTP, PO Box 47009, Minneapolis, MN55447, USA , or so it says on the back cover. The edition I have was published 1994.

3) It's really important to either get very detailed professional advice, or a very good book to guide you. If you don't & try to "wing it", then you're likely to either re-injure yourself, or fail to properly stretch the muscle as it's forming scar tissue, leaving you with a shortened range of movement and thus prone to injury again.

Good luck!
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