Suggest treatment for liagment tear - Online Doctor Chats
I was snowboarding this weekend and did split in the lift line . Felt a distinct pop and now have major bruising and swelling (like a fat very visible black and blue thigh ) in my inner thigh down to mid thigh. Pain with lateral movement but not back and forth. Icing it and using compression pants and taking Advil . Anything else I should do.
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Hi there, looks like you tore tendon
or a ligament
I would get an x-ray of your knee when you get a chance
It is up in the inner groin area
Ahh, Sorry, then an x-ray of your hip would be a better bet, but the chances of a fracture are remote.
So don't push for one unless the pain refuses to settle down
If no fracture then not much else to do right now?
true, Ligaments and tendons tend to repair themselves unless they are completely torn from their attachment
Rest, Ice and Elevation are your best bet here
How would I know if completely torn ? Would it treat as I am i
A complete tear is so excruciating you would pass out. The other thing is the tendons between the hip and the knee tend to bunch up into a hard ball or selling
So if you feel something akin to a knot then you need to seek help.
Ok will monitor I did almost throw up from the pain when it first happened but now it just throbs a bit . Hard to tell if a ball or jus swelling right now . Also was to be on a one hour flight flight tomorrow am then 2 hour flight on Wednesday . Is there any risk due to the extensive bruising ?
how old is the injury
It happened on this Saturday so two days old now
No, there is no risk. It will be very uncomfortable though
I would suggest you get to a local ER and let them give you some pain meds for the flight
They can get the x-rays too
Ok would it make sense to go straight to orthopedist vs urgent care ?
I think Urgent care should be faster, otherwise and ortho, if you can get to one in time, then they would be superior.
Ok thanks for your help
Hey, always happy to help
Anything else I can help you with?
How long do I need to wait until I can start working out again , how do I tell if it has healed enough ?
I would wait SEVERAL weeks
to resume your normal workouts.
Instead i would do basic light stretches and some Range of motion work so as not to allow the tendons and ligaments to shrink and breakdown.
Ok I was afraid of that . So I am icing the area every 3 hours . When would I apply heat?
I normally like doing this 20 minues of ice, followed by 20 minutes of a heating pad
That can be done 2 to 3 times a day
Ok will do so . Any thing else I should consider?
the 'reps' all depend on how your feeling
Just make sure you give your hip and leg plenty of time to rest
and things should get better when the swelling goes down
till then you want to make sure the wrenching furing the accident with cause a small fracture, hence the x-ray
Any physical therapy?
Hmm, if you already had limited mobility, i would say yes. but since your a rather physically active person (skiiing and all), ii'm not sure you need it
That having been said there is nor harm in going to a therapist a few weeks from now and getting some advice.
Ok I am in good shape now bi
Great, you should heal faster because of it.
But this will impact my fitness just thinking I may need help with the way to stretch and apply range of motion . Thanks for your help doctor
Ok thanks again
:-), take care
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