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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2006, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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what happened to my leg/calf?

So 4 days ago I had a softball tourney. Game 1, ball hit down the left field line, I'm in full stride as I know I can get to it. I'm running full speed, but I know that I have to lay out to make the catch. I plant on my left foot to dive, and feel a slight popping sensation (accompanied by pain) in my lower left hamgstring and upper calf (left leg). This causes me to shorten my dive/miss the ball etc. I got up limping, thinking WTF I never get hurt. I played 2 more games on it, and have been walking around on it but it has been sore. I'm wondering if I just strained a few muscles, and if these type of things just "get better" with time. I'd hate to go to the Doctor, I mean what can he tell me? Just take some pills and take it easy etc etc...

Here is a pic of the back of my left leg today. What I dont understand is, nothing came in contact with it, but there is a lot of bruising...



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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-30-2006, 06:36 PM
 
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that is idicative of a muscle tear.
the bruising is from the torn muscle fibers leaking blood.

there is only one thing you can do about it.

Nothing.
gimp it out and they should repair themselves.

unless of course you are in extreme pain (woosey boy) and then you can go get some anti-inflammatories and some pain medication (probably 800mg ibuprofen)

you probably slightly hyperextended the joint, or stretched it quickly and that is what caused the slight tear.
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that is idicative of a muscle tear.
the bruising is from the torn muscle fibers leaking blood.

there is only one thing you can do about it.

Nothing.
gimp it out and they should repair themselves.

unless of course you are in extreme pain (woosey boy) and then you can go get some anti-inflammatories and some pain medication (probably 800mg ibuprofen)

you probably slightly hyperextended the joint, or stretched it quickly and that is what caused the slight tear.
pain meds? Cheeeiit. No need for those. At least they will repair themselves. Any idea on how long before I can run/jog on it? Maybe another couple weeks?

I thought I stretched well before the game, but maybe not enough. Getting older sucks


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pain meds? Cheeeiit. No need for those. At least they will repair themselves. Any idea on how long before I can run/jog on it? Maybe another couple weeks?

I thought I stretched well before the game, but maybe not enough. Getting older sucks
depending on the severity, a total time of 3-12 weeks.....

that doesn't look that bad so figure the low end dependiong on how much you walk around, squat, lift with the leg etc.....

you should have seen my leg after my knee surgery....

blue and purple from groin to ankle.....

so much for arthroscopic surgery....
but then again, it was all three ligaments at once......
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thanks for the info. I'm going to work out legs in the gym now!!!!!!!!! R&R is for pussies!

Kidding, more like back and bi's


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Ouch looks like it hurts!
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Do you have full range of motion? If you can bend your knee all the way without severe pain then budha is most likely right .Try to rest and when any swelling is gone then start to stretch it very gently and work it through the full range of motion.
You are obviously walking on it which you probably couldn't if you tore tendons in your knee. I would'nt sprint on it for a month and when you do start back up to normal activity I would spend a good 10-20 minutes warming that thing up and stretching it. The hamstrings are the longest muscles in the body and as such tighten up the easiest. with softball the problem is you get warmed up then go sit on the bench drinking beer then you're up doing full speed sprints. I really would try to keep warm a little when you're sitting in the dugout. walk around do some stretches just keep your legs limber.
Dehydration will also make the muscles a lot more susceptible to tears.
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I don't remember you talking about that when you posted that long story of how you kicked ass at the Softball game... now did I???





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Ouch looks like it hurts!
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Keep massaging it as well Knee, it will help invigorate blood flow for the healing process. May hurt like hell at first, but it will help.


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