Wednesday, April 13, 2005

"A piper is down...We've got a piper down!"

Well, just as I was starting to get my game back to where it was years ago, I suffered a setback at soccer practice last night - a pulled quad muscle. It's a bit painful and I'm limping a bit today. I must be getting old.

Is there a sports therapist in the house? Does anyone know how to treat a pulled quad muscle?


Rik

3 comments:

Nam LaMore said...

what a bummer to have 'free time' and yet get a pulled muscle. well, at least some of the 'goals' you listed for the next six weeks won't require you to be on your feet too much.

the last time i was bed-ridden was years ago, and i think i whils away the time reading classic literature; you see i didn't learn to read until i was in my teen years, and, so, for jr high school reading assignments, i often just skimmed the chapters (heck, i had no shame in owning cliff notes [study guides]!).

just curious, if peter jennings is not 100% objective in his reporting (i'm not saying that he is, or that any reporter is 100% objective for that matter), then who would you consider come close to 100% objective reporting?

DL said...

Hi RIK,

I am not a Physical Therapist, But we have medical books at home. I still suggest you go see a doctor as he may order you to take an x-ray to make sure you haven't broken a bone.

My step son once had pulled muscle while he was playing hockey. These are the instruction he followed for few days.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

Apply ice to the injury for 15 to 20 minutes each hour for the first 1 to 2 days. Put the ice in a plastic bag and place a towel between the bag of ice and your skin.

After the first 1 to 2 days, you may put heat on the injury to help ease the pain. Use a heating pad (set on low), a whirlpool bath, or warm, moist towels for 15 to 20 minutes every hour for 48 hours.

Do not use the pulled muscle for 2 to 3 days, or while you still have pain.

our doctor may suggest you wrap the injured area with an elastic (ace) bandage for a few days. Be careful not to wrap it too tightly because it may make the area numb or tingly.

Loosen the wrap if you get these symptoms.

If you need an air splint, your doctor can show you how to make it fit right. Wear the splint until the doctor says you may take it off.

You can take off an air splint or ace wrap when showering or bathing.

You may use over-the-counter medicines for pain.

If you are given a tetanus shot, your arm may get swollen, red, and warm to the touch at the site of the shot. This is a normal reaction to the medicine

... Go to the doctor if the swelling persist.

Rik said...

NAM - Yeah, it sucks dude. And hey, nothing wrong with cliff notes! Used them a few times in College myself. Replied to the Peter Jennings thing on yer blog earlier...

DL - Whoa! Nobody is giving me any shots. I hate needles. Thanks for the info, i'm going to try icing it down tonight and see how it feels. I will of course not practice tomorrow and perhaps not even next Tuesday if it still hurts. I'd rather wait and let it heal completely. But I need to get back on the field, I miss playing already...

Rik