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Fell down and not able to put pressure on leg. What is wrong?

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I had a fall in the garden 2 days ago and I couldn't put any weight on my left leg, I can now put weight on it and go up and down the stairs but I can't bend down or sit on the toilet or at the dinner table, I can lay down but it's hard to get up.
Posted Thu, 15 Nov 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar 3 hours later

It would be good if you could have mentioned if you see any visible injury (swelling or redness) on the left leg? Which part of the left leg does it hurt when you try to sit or lay down?

The symptoms seem to be improving day by day. If you are able to go up and down stairs it is a very good healing with regards to weight bearing.

If it hurts the joint it is worthwhile to get an Xray done. As knee and ankle are important joints that bear the entire weight during rest of your life they need a thorough evaluation. Though you are young and have good healing capacity the examination sometimes important for your future physical need.

Till the time you resume your normal daily activity there is no harm poping a pain killer like Ibuprofen 400mg strength thrice a day after a meal.

Let me know if you have any other query.

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Follow-up: Fell down and not able to put pressure on leg. What is wrong? 7 minutes later
Hello there is no swelling or Bruising,
It feels like a pulling from my left bum cheek down the back of my thigh and into my Calf, my ankle and knee feel fine.

When I fell it was more slow motion where my leg slipped away from me on the wet floor like doing the Splits then falling foward.

Hope this gives you more info
Answered by Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar 16 minutes later

Absolutely nothing to worry. The muscles were stretched. Since they are strong muscles supporting the entire lower half they just take time to heal. You can rely on pain killers and hot water fomentation. You can rely on over the counter liniments like Tiger Balm etc.

As far as possible restrict the postures or movements that hurt you.

If you have no more queries you can close the discussion and rate my answer.

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