So I bit it on rail 4 weeks ago and did ice and Motrin. I thought it was healed well enough to ski again so I went yesterday and now today I am having burning shooting pain. I don't think it is a fractured pelvis, maybe just a torn muscle near my hip flexor or nerve pain secondary to the initial injury. Any thoughts? I am heading to MD in am to decide if I need a scan or just some PT.
burning shooting pain in the hip/groin
Try to figure out if a particular motion is particularly painful or weak to perform. Or if it's just painful all the time.
You should see a doctor, between scan or PT, just do both, why is it one or the other? get PT while you wait for a scan.
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Moving something (PT) that is injured & requires possible immobilization or rest based on a imaging study is not a good idea because it can cause further injury.
but on the other hand, I mistakenly said "it's ok, let's do the scan first" to my general for a chronic hip injury that was not getting better, even though he thought most likely PT is going to help and offered to sign me up.
So then I had to wait 2weeks for the MRI to be free as this was a non-threatening case, then another 2weeks for an orthopedic surgeon to review it, examine me in the office, and then finally send me to PT (along with some prescription nsaid), which ended up finally fixing me up over the course of another 6weeks/6sessions. So I definitely wasted 4weeks there hobbling around feeling like crap.
So bring it up, if they say it "looks like" PT probably won't hurt, get both started, the PTerapist should be conscious enough to make sure you aren't overstraining yourself and you yourself should report back to him/her if it is making things worse or better.
For the OP, if somehow you've got nice medical coverage where you'll get turnaround time on the imaging+review with a specialist on this type of non-threatening injury quicker than my ordeal, then sure just do the imaging first.
Even during my scheduled MRI time slot, I got bumped for 2 emergency cases and had to wait a hour, so this is the reality of health care.
Edited by raytseng - 1/18/12 at 10:32pm