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05-24-2009, 07:55 PM
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Need help ASAP re: Injury

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I injured what is believed to be my Vastus lateralis muscle tonight. It is the outside muscle on my thigh. I'm icing it now, 20 on, 20 off. Game ended under 1 hour ago. I cannot go to a DR. at this time and I work in 12 hours. Can someone advise me from personal experience what could possibly be wrong? What does this muscle do?

Basically, it is intense pain when bending my knee. It's swollen up a bit, starting to bruise, and is hurting. I play 5 more games this week (1 wednesday, 1 friday, 3 saturday)

I cannot get a DR. appointment and the best I can do is take ADVICE here. Please don't flame, I'm just trying to make a responsible decision. It's quite urgent... so if anyone has any experience, please let me know. The muscle is the closest to the knee I believe.

Again, do not flame, I'm in some desperate help right now and have no other option.

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The bad part is that I also got a puck in the face and only have 1 ice pack. I guess I'm healing the bigger of two evils and letting the face swell up.

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Hi,

I injured what is believed to be my Vastus lateralis muscle tonight. It is the outside muscle on my thigh. I'm icing it now, 20 on, 20 off. Game ended under 1 hour ago. I cannot go to a DR. at this time and I work in 12 hours. Can someone advise me from personal experience what could possibly be wrong? What does this muscle do?

Basically, it is intense pain when bending my knee. It's swollen up a bit, starting to bruise, and is hurting. I play 5 more games this week (1 wednesday, 1 friday, 3 saturday)

I cannot get a DR. appointment and the best I can do is take ADVICE here. Please don't flame, I'm just trying to make a responsible decision. It's quite urgent... so if anyone has any experience, please let me know. The muscle is the closest to the knee I believe.

Again, do not flame, I'm in some desperate help right now and have no other option.

Ouch. How exactly did you get injured?

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Ouch. How exactly did you get injured?
Well, without going into specifics, a guy shot a puck in my face purposefully while I laid on the ice after passing the puck out on my knees. I remembered the number, saw him skating with his head down, and at the last second, he stuck his knee out. **** happens. He **** talked me after he shot the puck at me, and he **** talked me after I laid him out.

I guess it's easier to explain the specifics though. I was on my knees and passed the puck out. team mate shot it back in, I reached and grabbed it while still on my knees. I passed it back out and it got intercepted. Instead of turning around, the guy just shot it from about 3 feet out and it got me in the face. If it isn't on purpose, it's awfully suspicious, considering I was behind the net and it wasn't a clearing attempt.

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Update.. 2 hrs 30 mins after game time, I can barely straighten my leg, and even walking with it all frankenstein-ish hurts like hell. Hobble hobble

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from the way it sounds and what happened, it might be a deep bruise. im no m.d. though

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from the way it sounds and what happened, it might be a deep bruise. im no m.d. though
I'm thinking it's a deep bruise as well. But I have no experience with this type of injury, GS30. I don't know if it's "ok" to still walk etc if it's painful, or if it will further aggravate.

I'm in a financial position that I can't afford to take time off work.

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Do you have a heating pad or anything?

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Do you have a heating pad or anything?
Heat draws blood to the area. Blood causes swelling. The last thing I need is more swelling :p

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The immediate treatment for a Thigh muscle injury consists of rest, ice, and compression (never apply ice directly to the skin). This is aimed at reducing the bleeding and damage within the muscle tissue. Resting may be the common sense approach, but it is one that is often ignored by competitive athletes. This is unwise, since it does not take much to turn a grade one Thigh strain into a grade two, or a grade two Thigh strain into a grade three. As a general rule, grade one Thigh strains should be rested from sporting activity for about 3 weeks, and grade two Thigh strains for about 4 to 6 weeks. In the case of a complete rupture the Thigh muscle will have to be repaired surgically and the rehabilitation afterwards will take about 3 months.

Regardless of the severity of the Thigh injury, the treatment in the early stages is the same. The thigh should be rested in an elevated position, with an Ice Pack applied for twenty minutes every two hours, and a Compression Bandage applied. This should help to limit bleeding and swelling in the tissues. After the early days have been spent resting more active rehabilitation can be started.

Gentle resistance exercises and thigh stretching are important as they help to align the scar tissue that forms during the healing process. By aligning the scar tissue along the normal lines of stress the tensile strength of the Thigh muscle is enhanced.
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I'm thinking it's a deep bruise as well. But I have no experience with this type of injury, GS30. I don't know if it's "ok" to still walk etc if it's painful, or if it will further aggravate.

I'm in a financial position that I can't afford to take time off work.
A financial position would seem to be less trouble on the leg than say - bicycle delivery man. You should be able to work but the ability to give yourself some treatment while at work would be key to being able to play this week.

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Well, without going into specifics, a guy shot a puck in my face purposefully while I laid on the ice after passing the puck out on my knees. I remembered the number, saw him skating with his head down, and at the last second, he stuck his knee out. **** happens. He **** talked me after he shot the puck at me, and he **** talked me after I laid him out.

I guess it's easier to explain the specifics though. I was on my knees and passed the puck out. team mate shot it back in, I reached and grabbed it while still on my knees. I passed it back out and it got intercepted. Instead of turning around, the guy just shot it from about 3 feet out and it got me in the face. If it isn't on purpose, it's awfully suspicious, considering I was behind the net and it wasn't a clearing attempt.
Boy ... I feel terrible you got hurt. Good luck with it

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Thats why you don't play in bush leagues(with checking?) and with no cage on if you have work...I think that should be your number one lesson learned in all of this.

Play hockey for fun, not to get pucks in the face and injured from a check.


Safe to say, with that leg injury you won't be playing anymore of your 5 games this week. You need to rest it.

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A financial position would seem to be less trouble on the leg than say - bicycle delivery man. You should be able to work but the ability to give yourself some treatment while at work would be key to being able to play this week.
I don't think he's saying that he works in finance (although I agree that it's a bit unclear).

I think that he's saying that he needs to work because he doesn't have enough money to miss work.

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Take it from someone who's in the process of having ACL reconstruction. If you find the injury to be more then your run of the mill bump or bruise, don't waste time chatting about it.

You do have have an option...the Emergency Room.

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I don't think he's saying that he works in finance (although I agree that it's a bit unclear).

I think that he's saying that he needs to work because he doesn't have enough money to miss work.
That's what I'm saying. I just wanted a few opinions from people here who may have had the same type of injury... I didn't come trying to get flamed or anything. I explained that going to the doctors was not possible and that for my own safety, I need to know as much as I can about the potential injuries and after effects, specifically whether or not it is safe to walk on it even if it is extremely painful.

I think I am forced to not go to work tomorrow because of it, and possibly the next day. Great that my only shifts this week are the next 2 days, and had days off from work already scheduled for my hockey tournament. I get a week off work and don't even get to play hockey LOL

Oh and before anyone says "Why book a few shifts off from work if you can't financially miss a shift?"

I did the math and decided that I could afford to take the 2 days off work and be fine with the 2 shifts I have. Missing two shifts means no bus pass next month which means I have to walk, run, jog, skip, fly, hitch hike about 10k each way to work. Complicated situation I am in but it isn't really HF's business.

Thanks for the input. I've done some thinking and think rest is the best course for now, and will re-evaluate tomorrow.

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Dude, I completely tore my ACL, sprained my LCL, and tore the meniscus, and I only missed a few hours of work and I can take the time off if need be.

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Dude, I completely tore my ACL, sprained my LCL, and tore the meniscus, and I only missed a few hours of work and I can take the time off if need be.
My job is walking.. I'm a retail salesperson. If I can't walk without a limp, they won't even let me on the floor, anyways. Forget about climbing up and down the ladders that I do about 75 times a day. Everything is in overheads. I am going to sleep now and I will see how it is in the morning on whether or not I can. If I think I can, I will. If I don't think I can, I won't.

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You should claim that you got the injury saving a baby from an escaped grizzly bear-tiger. You'll sell the whole store in seconds.

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It feels a lot better this morning, but it's still swollen. I think when the swelling goes down, I should be fine. I can't really move my leg yet but it doesn't really hurt all that much. Again, once the swelling goes down, I *should* be fine. I think the swelling is just preventing the muscle from moving the way it is supposed to, which in turn prevents my leg from moving as it is the muscle that moves your actual leg from the knee area down.

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