Post by zambonihead on May 8, 2015 15:01:31 GMT -6
I skate. I tore a tendon that attaches my groin/inner thigh muscles to the pelvis (abductor tendon). Now, I can DO NOTHING for 6 weeks. Dr. said I could walk, and I did that for 45 minutes for 2 days. Then, it started hurting. So, I took a day off. Today, I was able to swim (Dr. Ok'd as another thing I could do)for 25 minutes before it started hurting. So, I sat in the hot tub. The hot tub was WONDERFUL. What can I do for the next 5 weeks? It's so hard to go from skating every day to nada. I have insomnia at night setting in from not exercising. And, those Oreos are looking more & more tempting . . . . How do you mentally survive being injured to the point where you can't do a thing?
Let's picture a tendon. A muscle connects to a tendon and that connects to a bone. For most muscles the leverage set up is 1) a pivot at a joint, 2) a short distance away a tendon attaches to the bone, 3) a considerable distance away say on the foot there is a load or forces. That leverage set up has very high tensile forces on the tendon and produces high speed at the foot. The very high forces at the tendon are transmitted through the very small area of the tendon or its attachment. Let's say the attachment has an area of one square inch and the tear involves 0.2 square inches, say, where it has peeled off the bone is 0.2 square inches. Stresses may tend to concentrate forces on the injured area and enlarge it with new injury. There's a great deal of force on a very small area,even or many average activities like walking. There are very high tensile forces in the tendon and attachment. Now suppose that your injury is a tear at the attachment, the bone, and some of the attachment has peeled off the bone. That is now healing and reforming, rebuilding strength, very slowly, etc. It is hard to know how stressful certain normal activities are for that small area that is injured. ?
Research tendon healing times. And times to remodel and restore strength.
Tennis players hate to quit tennis. Many have gotten Tennis Elbow or Golfer's Elbow tendon injuries and continued to play to see how they would do. After a very, very short time their chance for optimal healing has been lost. They wind up with chronic Tennis Elbow which is tendinosis, it has healed but defectively. There may also be on-going injury. Have you heard the phase 'he has a little tendinitis'?That view has done a great deal of damage in that people should not stress injuries and let optimal healing take place.
Research how long you should wait for a new tendon injury to heal?
Pain is one of the best things that you have going for you. If walking for 45 minutes is painful, stop, and when you can start again, start with 15 minutes and work up.
Learn everything that you can about tendon injuries, healing times. These are very common injuries and very badly handled because many people do not understand them.
Last Edit: May 17, 2015 14:42:50 GMT -6 by chastennis