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Join Date: Jun 2002
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Of course, the best thing to do is go to the doctor specializing in sports medicine, but in leui of that...
Strains/pulls are graded 1 - 3, Grade 1 is mild and heals quickly, Grade 3 is severe and takes possible months to heal.
Grade 1 symptoms include (I'm typing from memory, so most likely I'm leaving some out!): pain, tenderness, decrease strength.
Grade 2 symptoms include: acute pain, spasms, bruising, swelling, marked strength decrease.
Grade 3 symptoms include: complete rupture, interestingly not as much pain due to the tearing of muscle and nerve tissue, marked bruising, swelling, a gap in the muscle, severe spasms, lots of pain on contraction.
Based on what you posted, I'd say you have a Grade 1 strain. If you see bruising or swelling, definetly see a doc.
The RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression,Elevation) protocol is effective treatment.
Rest -> Take a break from activity
Ice -> 20 minutes 3 times a day (but only 20 minutes at a time, you don't want to kill off the cells by freezing them too much!)
Compression -> Use an *ACE* wrap to compress your thigh.
Elevation -> When you can, elevate your thigh above your heart
Aspirin, Ibuprofen or anoter analgesic for pain relief. Take the max on the bottle per day for five days or until pain is gone, which ever is shorter. (don't go out drinking more than 2 beers or so a day during treatment to save your liver!).
Gently stretch the area to the point of discomfort a few times a day.
Don't return to squating until your flexibility returns to pre-injury levels. Could take 3 days, could take 3 weeks with a mild strain.