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June 9, 2012
lks3232
9 posts
hamstring
Major hamstring issue-----pulled up right out of the box --no bruising and can walk and a 5-6 on pain scale.If it was torn how would I know for sure, or is it a bad,bad pull/strain.Any home remedies?
June 9, 2012
HJ
Men's 70
443 posts
If it is bad you will see a bruise develop at the back of your leg which will slowly descend down your leg. If it reaches the back of your knee it is probably bad. Depending on your health Alleve twice a day for a few days is good (generic naproxen is really cheap). You should have iced it for first day. I like heat the next few day if not too bad to start healing process. Warm up well before you try to play but don't do static stretches before playing (do them after). I am a big believer in epson salt warm bath soaks.
Some wrap tight but others don't before playing. I think long walking helps speed healing. If muscles tight generally, magnesium supplements can help. Stay well hydrated at all times. Many wear tight compression shorts all the time. Rest is best but hard if you want to play. Try to avoid fast starts and stops and if possible play catcher and have a runner for the base paths. Good luck.
June 9, 2012
Olden Slow
Men's 65
182 posts
Did the same thing in Vegas..Iced and wrapped and continued on..Major bruise but that took care of it..Didn't miss a game...Did the same thing to the other leg in Reno...Repeated the same process and once again, didn't miss a game..I might add that I have been running 4-5 times a week for 20+ years, but just got back into Softball after 15 years off...I am, as my wifr would say " A hard head "
June 9, 2012
Wayne 37
207 posts
If it was torn, you could probably put your fist in the hole where it tore at. Sounded like you pulled it pretty good. The bruising will a few days to fully develop.
June 15, 2012
canIjack
Men's 60
322 posts
No bruise, Just ice. Ice the area AND strech, Streching while you ice the area for 3 days and you will be fine by the weekend.
June 15, 2012
the wood
1087 posts
IKS:
Now that you've heard from the Mayo Clinic you might want to try other sources. The very best advice is to go to a physical therapist.
Short of this, Google offers quite a bit of input on this and other types of injuries. Just type in a specific question and go from there. The response usually comes from a licensed practitioner, directly or indirectly.
Hamstring injuries come in a wide spectrum of severity and can become chronic if treated improperly and/or abused. Quick starts and stops are difficult for this type of injury... until you're well into the healing stage.
BW
June 15, 2012
Olden Slow
Men's 65
182 posts
Wood, He just asked for advice, not a diagnosis. Physical therapist is the best way to go. But didn't you suggest accupuncture on a previous post ? :-o)
June 15, 2012
the wood
1087 posts
In the first post he stated 'if it's torn, how will I know for sure' and 'any home remedies?'... He is looking for answers in the wrong place. This isn't like 'which bat works best at sea level'.
Yes, I went to an acupuncturist in '99 for treatment after visiting my ortho. The Dr suggested rest (shocker) and the acup took a more proactive course, which helped me fairly quickly.
What I didn't say before is that I didn't go to the Dr until after the 2nd time (re-injury). Until then, I had listened to teammates and such and used their feedback. I'd like IKS to avoid the recurring problem that I had.
On top of everything else, his primary problem may not be his hamstring. It may well be a referred pain... i.e. a lower back or hip issue. Having had 2 hip replacements I'm somewhat familiar with this concept.
Bottom line = he ought to get a professional opinion.
BW
June 15, 2012
Olden Slow
Men's 65
182 posts
BW: I agree that he definately needs to se a Dr for the proper diagnosis...BTW: What bat does work best at Sea level ? :-o)
June 15, 2012
the wood
1087 posts
I do not know. I'm 60 feet above.
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