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Should I stop skiing for a bit?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hello! Recently, I was practicing on a box rail, and took a nasty fall. I landed in a funny position, and got this terrible leg bruise. I can't really feel it much, (When i have skiing adrenalin) and i was wondering if I should rest it, and take a few days off skiing. Here are some pics:

 

post #2 of 22

If it's just a bruise you can still ski as long as it doesn't bother

post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 

Okay. Just people i know, said i should stop for about a week. It's a relief that i can ski.

post #4 of 22

If there is a lot of swelling with the injury, you should be cautious about a return to activity. Just the swelling can exacerbate an injury. RICE: rest, ice compression and elevation is the standard injury treatment. Judgement and knowing your body is important. When you do start skiing, pay close attention to how things work - whether or not you wait a week. Speedy recovery

Eric

post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post
 

If it's just a bruise you can still ski as long as it doesn't bother


+1.  As long as it doesn't hurt when you ski and you aren't likely to fall on it or whack it again.  Perhaps avoid rails until it heals up.

post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 


+1.  As long as it doesn't hurt when you ski and you aren't likely to fall on it or whack it again.  Perhaps avoid rails until it heals up.


Exactly.

 

As long as nothing is broken, you are likely good to go (though you may want to be sure it's not cracked or broken). Be a shame to really break it and really ruin a season.

 

You won't be the first who's ignorance of pain and love of a sport has overridden the common sense of pain in an injury to rest and heal.  Don't ask how I know this :nono:.

post #7 of 22

Can't tell how much internal damage there is by looking at it.  What muscle is it? Does in spasm involuntarily when you walk?

I would consider taking three days off and consulting with a physiotherapist if symptoms are severe.  If it only hurts a little, then fugetaboudit.

post #8 of 22
As noted above, it it doesn't hurt to do something, it should be OK. Please keep in mind that you are asking ski enthusiasts if it is OK to ski; were kind of biased to always answer "yes". That and this is a free ski forum on the internet; you get what you pay for wink.gif

You might want to considered not doing what you were doing when you got hurt. Re injuring yourself could end up being very painful.

Who were the people that said you should stop for a week?

Have fun,
Ken
Edited by L&AirC - 12/28/14 at 2:18am
post #9 of 22

Listen to your mother, she is never wrong.

 

Any pain?  Loss of mobility?  Range of motion of the limb?  Then I'd want a second PROFESIONAL opinion. 

 

No issues/pain, GO SLOW for a while.

post #10 of 22

Disclaimer: There is a good chance that none of the previous posters is a doctor or someone who stayed in a Holiday Inn.

post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post
 

Disclaimer: There is a good chance that none of the previous posters is a doctor or someone who stayed in a Holiday Inn.

 

Well I'll have you know I have stayed in a Holiday Inn with a doctor!  OK she was pre med.  Well, now that I think of it, she was going to school to be a veterinarian, but it was definitely a Holiday Inn.  Possibly a Motel 6 next to a Holiday Inn.

post #12 of 22

Hey, I practice medicine (though mostly on myself, in emergencies as doctors might laugh at me).

post #13 of 22

Now, now, whenever I'm faced with a medical issue that's causing me concern or limiting my activity, I always seek out guidance from random strangers of unknown background on the internet rather than go to the Doctor's office.

post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 

Just some of my friends, and some other people i asked.

post #15 of 22

To be honest I never ask a doctor if I should do anything, fearing an answer I do not want. I always go with what feels right, If its really painful doing an activity then stop. has worked of me. But thats a good bruise!!!!

post #16 of 22
Yes, that's going to turn all kinds of pretty colors in a few days! 😉 Sometimes that kind of bruise will stay hard and stick around for a while. If that happens I've had success speeding things up with hot compresses in the evenings. Not until the initial pain and swelling is gone, though.
post #17 of 22

Everyone has a different threshold of pain.  That being said, I would simply recommend putting your boots on and seeing how your bruises align with the pressure points you know you're going to apply with the boots.  The bruising could be completely clear and no discomfort from your essential equipment.  Additionally, being active is one of the best ways to aide healing of a contusion as the increased blood flow and muscle contractions help move the swelling out of the impacted area.  One piece of important advice is to not take any NSAID pill for pain, i.e. aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxin.

Use Tylenol or its generic derivative and you can control the pain.  You also should have plenty of snow to cool it down during breaks you may take and afterward.  Lastly, I'm assuming from the pictures that this is higher on the shin, and looks to be an impact injury as the boundary of the bruise is pretty well defined.  You will possibly feel a similar pain to "shin splints" that happens to athletes impacting hard surfaces over a prolonged period of time.  In your case, once the muscle is warmed up and used, this feeling should diminish. However, this discomfort will be there each time until it has healed since the injury has created a natural pocket to attract lactic acid.  End of the day, you RX is skiing!!  Have fun!

Hawk

post #18 of 22

Pain usually means "STOP."  You don't want to exacerbate the bruise and possibly cause a blood clot with a reinjury to be honest.  Its worth taking a few days off in my opinion.  Its only December!

post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 

Okay

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post #21 of 22

I would completely ignore the injury and hit as many rails and boxes as you can. Go fast and don't wear a helmet. Maybe try some chutes and cliff drops.

 

Or you could ask a Dr.

post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 

Is it a coincidence that yesterday i went skiing down a cliff (sort off) with my friends without a helmet and drinking soda at the same time?

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