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Suggest ways to manage severe leg pain post injury

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Posted on Sat, 23 Jul 2016
Question: I crashed my skateboard and now my right/both legs hurt down the grown and front, especially when i take a deep breath.. I domt feel like anything is broken but it hurts in a lot of ways
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Answered by Dr. Dr.Arnab (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
you need to get investigated..

Detailed Answer:
Dear XXXX, welcome to HCM..

I've gone through your query and understand your concern..

Now a skateboard crash can certainly cause a quite painful injury and from your description it does appear quite intense..

Can you please take a snap-shot of the involved area and upload it here in the reports section so that I can have a detailed look at it(don't zoom too much).. or alternatively you can e-mail the picture to YYYY@YYYY and keep the Subject as ATTN: Dr Arnab and i'll get it..

In the meanwhile start applying ice-bag compression over the injured area, keep the legs elevated and rested..

Avoid minimal movements..by the way you haven't mentioned how many days since the injury, so please let me know this..

Start taking Tab PARACETAMOL 650 mg three times a day after food for next 3-4 days instead of Aleve..

If it's more than 4-5 days and still there's lot of swelling then it'll be a good idea to get X-ray and get it examined by an orthopedician..

Let me know if there's any further queries..

Take Care
Kind Regards

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Dr.Arnab (23 hours later)
Thank you doctor, i'm finding that ice packs, hot showers, massage, sleep and tylenol+acetaminophen is easing the pain and swelling and the sharp pain/spasms in my groin/quads when i take deep breaths is still present but decreasing in severity, so there has been some improvement but i am still limping and moving carefully and resting.. I have not tried substantially elevated my legs yet is that important? Do you still recommend i use ice packs? Do you recommend mild stretching exercises? I would love to go to a specialist and be examined properly but unfortunately that needs to be put off for the immediate time being..
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Answered by Dr. Dr.Arnab (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
decreasing trend of severity index indicates healing only.

Detailed Answer:
Hello Dear, Welcome back,

Thanks for following up..

Yes the decreasing trend of severity is indicating the ongoing healing actually..

Yes limb elevation is important as it'll fasten the recovery process as well as help in reducing the edema..

Ice-pack can easily be applied for up to a week so don't worry about it..

No, stretching exercises in an already traumatized part can further worsen the healing process so not recommended until complete recovery..

You can simply schedule an appointment with an orthopedician as per your convenience and get the area checked as physical examination always has an upper hand and exclusive privilege in healing..

Meanwhile follow the advises and you'll be benefited..

Take Care
Kind Regards and Happy 4th of July


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Suggest ways to manage severe leg pain post injury

Brief Answer: you need to get investigated.. Detailed Answer: Dear XXXX, welcome to HCM.. I've gone through your query and understand your concern.. Now a skateboard crash can certainly cause a quite painful injury and from your description it does appear quite intense.. Can you please take a snap-shot of the involved area and upload it here in the reports section so that I can have a detailed look at it(don't zoom too much).. or alternatively you can e-mail the picture to YYYY@YYYY and keep the Subject as ATTN: Dr Arnab and i'll get it.. In the meanwhile start applying ice-bag compression over the injured area, keep the legs elevated and rested.. Avoid minimal movements..by the way you haven't mentioned how many days since the injury, so please let me know this.. Start taking Tab PARACETAMOL 650 mg three times a day after food for next 3-4 days instead of Aleve.. If it's more than 4-5 days and still there's lot of swelling then it'll be a good idea to get X-ray and get it examined by an orthopedician.. Let me know if there's any further queries.. Take Care Kind Regards