Raj Venugopal wrote:Last week I tore my hamstring. Inner head of my left leg.
I was going for tani-otoshi on a heavier guy and my heel stuck in the mat and the leg got stuck and his weight stretched it out as he sprawled around to evade. The muscle tore immediately and I was intense pain. A week and change later and it still hurts, but not as bad. I originally thought it was a cramp, but the pain is totally different.
Anyone here ever have this injury? Curious on other peoples experiences with this, and what to expect re rehab.
You are surprised that a torn muscle still hurts one week later. Seriously ?
The recovery from muscle muscle injuries depends on a number of factors:
- the extent of the tear (how large)
- the kind and direction of the tear (straight, oblique, perpendicular to the fiber, encloses by the outside membranes or through them ?)
- how fast and how well it is treated immedidately after the injury
- how well the rehab is done
- your age, gender and nutritional status
Since you are asking all these questions I am speculating that your injury was poorly treated immediately upon occurring. I also assume that it isn't too bad of a tear since you are just complaining of pain but dont seem to have lost any function.
If you didn't properly treat the muscle injury immediately when it occurred, there is nothing you can do about that anymore. Compressive bandages are critical as immediate treatment and so is absolute rest If one doesn't do this and the tear remains open, it will be filled up entirely with fibrosis, which is not normal muscle tissue, does not have the same stretchability and produces discomfort and pain. Basically you are developing scar tissue. It is the amount of this scar tissue that plays a role in how long your recovery will take nand how well it will be. Torn muscles may not be exercise and any macho behavior is stupid and you will bear the consequences. It must be immobilized in an adhesive bandage, unless it is in an area that it is impossible to do do so (such as your neck or your back). Any premature exercise can superimpose tendinitis or lead to premature tendinosis and adhesions.
Not trying to be blunt, but really if you have had a muscle tear, then what a normal person would do is immediately upon the injury occurring, to consult a qualified physician who can actually examine the patient, his function and establish a diagnosis on the xtent of the injury and which measures need to be taken. And no there are no pills you can taken that will help the recovery.