I've been learning to inline skate this summer, and all has generally been going well. However this past Sunday evening I took a tumble while trying to arrest speed carving down (what for me was) a steep stretch of road. It wasn't a wild crash - I was actually in a fair degree of control - and it wouldn't have been a big deal except I had a big key fob with many keys on it in my pocket, and, yup, sure enough I fell right on it. Definite "ouch", and I felt stupid like I do after any fall, but I got up and continued skating for a while, then hit the grocery store on the way home. A little sore, but no big deal, or so I thought.
When I got home and peeled things off to have a better look I found the keys had actually caused a small puncture wound on the outside of the upper thigh that was bleeding slightly (not enough to get outside the shorts I was wearing), and my upper thigh was swollen inside, top and outside at the level of the puncture wound. I cleaned the wound with hydrogen peroxide and put some neosporin in the puncture, bandaged it, took a couple ibuprofen and then iced it for a good while while watching tv.
Next day it was a little more swollen, and my range of motion in that leg was severely limited - I felt like Mike Tyson had punched me hard in the thigh with some brass knuckles - real charley-horse kind of feeling, particularly if I tried to squat. I decided I better see a doc, and did. He said expect more swelling and some bruising, take it easy and take ibuprofen for pain and inflammation, gave me a tetanus booster, and sent me on my way.
Been reading on the net and my injury is very similar to those described here...
After almost 5 days my range of motion is definitely better, swelling overall is down but I have developed a large bruise area on the inside of my thigh, and still can't squat comfortably, still have that charley-horse feeling in the thigh muscle. If I sit in an office chair or drive for a while when I get up I'm extra stiff and sore, but that lightens up as I move around. Bummed as always with any injury as it limits activity - the weather's really nice and I've had to put tennis, skating and working out on hold. Trying to feel my way through it and be as active as I can without rushing and aggravating things.
Anyway, curious if anyone's been through something similar? If I don't push it will time heal, or are there any specific additional things I might do to help things along?