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Quad strain...

Catrin2012-08-21 03:16:00 +0000 #1
Somehow I've managed to do it AGAIN, to the OTHER leg this time

I know I've been very active these past two weeks but was careful to rest a little more than usual. Apparently I've pulled something toward the top of my left quad - probably zigged when I should have zagged when that muscle was under stress. Oddly enough this is the leg with no over-use injuries...oh well, I would rather have problems from being active - than the very different problems that come from not being so.

It appears to either be the rectus femoris or the sartorius - can't quite tell. It is pretty far up the thigh, probably the sartorius. I can feel tenderness when I lay my hand on my thigh, and it feels tight when I walk. I didn't realize there was a problem until I ran in class tonight as part of a challenge. I've already canceled a ride I was planning with someone tomorrow night

I've some Tiger Balm and some Biofreeze - would either of those actually help or just make it seem like it? I think if I am smart these next couple of days it will be fine. Icing has begun already.

Is there anything I am missing? I've checked out a couple of medical sites and they seem to recommend ice only for a few days - not heat. I will decide in the morning if I need to call in sick and continue with the ice treatment tomorrow.


zoom-zoom2012-08-21 03:20:19 +0000 #2
I told you not to overstride...

Seriously, though, this sounds like the sort of thing I dealt with as a new runner when I was trying to run faster than my fitness would allow and was trying to force a longer stride (30" inseam legs aren't meant for long strides, heh).

Ice it, rest it, see how it is after a few days.
Muirenn2012-08-21 03:52:21 +0000 #3
Ice maybe?
Owlie2012-08-21 04:25:00 +0000 #4
Ice, possibly followed by heat once the swelling goes down (I find muscles tell you what they want), and rest.

Tiger Balm and the rest of those topical treatments exist to detract from the sensation of pain; Tiger Balm's ingredients include camphor and menthol (cooling sensation) and clove oil (topical analgesic).

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