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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...

 

  http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=393225

 

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?

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P.S. I will not be skating (or skiing) with large hunks of metal in my pockets anymore!

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Sounds like a deep bruise.  Depending on how much it bled inside, it could take a good while to fully heal.  If you had been able to ice it and put pressure on it right away, it might have reduced the internal bleeding and shortened the healing process.

 

I once dropped a food can on my bare foot while unloading groceries, and it seemed like no big deal, but it must have burst a vessel inside because it bruised terribly and hurt for several months, especially when I'd put on boots. The healing time probably depends on your age too, with younger people having better circulation and such, so they heal much faster.

 

Probably you'd want to keep it stretched out as it heals, to prevent scar tissue from causing any problems.

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NOt sure about your inner thigh, but I've had a few charley horses from being punched/kicked in the front of the thigh over the years.  My usual routine was (I don't get kicked/punched much these days) to rest for three days and then start doing some exercises: I would sit on the floor with a can of tomato juice under the knee elevating it.  I would then straighten my leg as much as I could and hold it tight for about 10 to 15 seconds.  Repeat 10 times.  Do three times a day.  No stretching for at least two weeks.  

 

Sucks to be injured.  Keep your chin up.  This too shall pass.

post #5 of 8

Sorry about your injury, I have nothing really to add except sympathy.

 

I'm very particular about what and where I carry things in my pockets during activities.  Took a forward fall skiing once and landed on a round tin of french hard candies I always carried in my chest pocket.  Bruised my ribs and hurt my Rotator Cuff and crushed the tin.  Nothing in that pocket anymore when I ski.

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Thx all for the commiseration, and suggestions. It does indeed suck to be injured, but hopefully I'm getting it out of the way ahead of ski season!  ;-)

 

And as discomforting as it is, in the scheme of things it's pretty minor. Gives me a little more empathy for those truly disabled, whose activities are limited, and not temporarily.

 

A votre santé!

 
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Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post

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.

 

Describe what you were doing with the skates?

 

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.

 

This late pain onset is very typical of skating injuries.


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.

 

Can you bike?    I'm thinking motion is a pretty good idea; really high effort such as at a squat rack is a bad idea.

 

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?

 

I've had more (and worse) skating injuries, that I will not describe here.     The healing pattern is usually something like:  ~ 10 days for surface symptoms like road rash and inflammation to become un-noticeable,  then (if there is no infection) ~ 5 weeks to get back to comfortable motion and for the deep bruises to work their way to the surface. 

 

5 weeks from now takes you to Halloween-ish.   I don't know if that's a positive thing or a negative thing for your current mood, hope it's positive.

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Describe what you were doing with the skates?

 

Obviously not the right thing!  ;-)

 

Seriously, linking turns on a steep downhill, trying to control speed, running out of road, tried to complete the turn uphill, cut a little too sharp, went over.

 

Can you bike?    I'm thinking motion is a pretty good idea; really high effort such as at a squat rack is a bad idea.

 

Couldn't squat if I wanted to, so will steer clear of that for a while. Not sure about biking. Will go by Y and try on stationary bike for starters to feel that out.

 

5 weeks from now takes you to Halloween-ish.   I don't know if that's a positive thing or a negative thing for your current mood, hope it's positive.

 

Gonna try and stay positive, focused on getting over this and as mobile and back in shape as possible  by ski season. So in that sense Halloween-ish sounds pretty good!  ;-)

 

Thanks, Comprex!

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