Dear MendMeShop,

I also wanted to thank you so much for something you casually mentioned. In an email, you mentioned that I might want to look into a test to see if I had one leg shorter than the other because my knee pain was gone. Guess what- you were RIGHT! I went to an orthopaedic specialist who focuses on the foot and ankle. He was very casual and said I was healing fine. I insisted that he send me to someone who could make a brace of some sort. I can see that the same problem (posterior tibial tendonitis) was going to return if we did not get to the root of the problem. I insisted that he at least send me to a person. Fortunately, he sent me to a certified Orthodist. She found a slight discrepency in my right foot. (That's the one with the cast on it.) She is getting new orthodics for me- PLUS I asked about a brace that could keep my feet from over pronating. The Orthopaedic specialist said he could put me in an Arizona brace. I was molded for the brace yesterday. I truly appreciate your suggestion. No other doctor would have thought to check into it. I am now swimming and have no more pain in the right ankle. You have been a true blessing to me- in more ways than you will ever know. I know God had you pick up the phone when I called. Again- THANKS for your kindness and expert advice. Don't forget to send me a link so I can write a review. Now I am on my way to being healthy again.

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A Williams

 

Treatments for a Quadriceps Strain

Early diagnosis and proper treatment are important to prevent a quadriceps strain from becoming chronic; it doesn't take much to change a grade 1 strain into a grade 2 strain. Injuries to the muscle belly are best managed with adherence to the conservative treatment methods, which includes modifying and/or eliminating the activities that cause tenderness or discomfort in your quadriceps area, and performing gentle strengthening and stretching once initial inflammation has gone down. Scar tissue can often develop with pulled quadriceps, where your soft tissue has pulled away from the bone. As your damaged quadriceps tissues heal this dead, fibrotic tissue will be produced instead of forming brand new healthy tissue.

Scar tissue formation

This tissue adheres to your muscle fibers, tendons, ligaments, fascia, nerves, and joints causing pain and preventing them from moving properly (this limits your range of motion, flexibility and strength). Patience is required with a quadriceps strain, as it can take time to revert to your normal state. Quadriceps injuries often heal on their own but without proper rehab, they may not heal properly.

Returning to your activities too early can lead to chronic pain, which becomes much more difficult to treat afterwards. Allowing your injuries to heal properly is critical. Impatience in healing is one of the main causes that change a minor quadriceps injury into a chronic quadriceps injury.

Treatment methods and recovery time is really based on the severity of your strain, whether you have an acute or chronic strain, the type of treatment you receive, as well as your commitment to proper rehabilitation. Torn ligaments and tendons require as much time as a fracture.

Grade 1 quadriceps strains tend to take between a 1 - 3 weeks, and respond best to conservative home treatments, and stretching/strengthening exercises.

Grade 2 quadriceps strains tend take between 3 - 8 weeks, and responds best to conservative home treatments such as cold compression, , or BFST® and possible support aids, therapies and medications, along with a focused exercise program.

Grade 3 quadriceps strains tend to take between 2- 6 months (depending on if you require surgery), and often involve immediate medical attention, supportive aids, therapies, medication and possibly surgery, along with a regimented exercise program.

A good reference point for healing is once you've regained approximately 90% of your pre-injury strength, have 120 degrees of flexion, little quadriceps weakness, and you are pain free, you can return to your normal activities.

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Serious athletes may undergo isokinetic strength testing following a muscle injury and during rehabilitation to help set up a customized exercise program. This is an indicator of recovery that tests range of knee movement; concentric, eccentric and isometric strength testing; endurance testing; quadricep: hamstring ratio (ideally 100:75); and will identify areas of weakness areas.

RCCE: - This philosophy is used to decrease inflammation and relieve pain for a chronic or diagnosed pulled quadricep within the first 48 hours of a flare-up:

Rest your quadriceps and leg and limit your activity; you may want to use a walking aid (cane or crutches) to prevent immediate weight bearing or a knee immobilizer (brace or cast) to prevent unnecessary movement, if severely damaged or painful.

Treat your quadriceps with Cold 2-3 times/day for approximately 15 - 20 minutes at a time to help reduce blood flow and fluid build up in your quadriceps. Gel packs are a better option than frozen peas if possible, as they mold to your body.

Compress your quadriceps if possible by adding light pressure to minimize swelling (make sure the compress is snug, but not too tight as it could cause numbness, tingling or more pain).

Re-freezable cold therapy compresses are excellent because they provide ice therapy, compression and a protective covering to prevent skin burn from the cold. This combination drives the cold deeper into the injured tissue than regular ice packs, and speeds the healing process. These compresses are fitted to your foot, easy to use, mess-free and re-usable.

Elevate to relieve pressure

Elevate your legs above chest level to relieve the pressure and allow any fluid to drain from your injured area.

If you have experienced an acute quadriceps injury and/or have not been diagnosed, adhere to the RCCE philosophy within the first 48 - 72 hours. Gentle massage around the quadricep area or small flexing or extending movements will also help increase blood flow, oxygen, nutrients, and will prevent scar tissue development.

Dear MendMeShop,

I'm doing well with my Inferno Wraps. I have one for my foot, leg, back, and elbow. My elbow IS gradually getting better. The foot/ankle/Achilles, leg, and back/hip are helping a lot. I have a complex soft tissue injury from a fall where my foot was asleep and I did not know it ... UNTIL I fell on the floor, having twisted (running on my foot that turned over) my ankle, knee, and hip. I have healed well from the original injury (now 4 years ago) with lots of chiropractic and massage therapy and lots of rehab. One of my rehabs now is "Ballroom Dancing" with a teacher who understands injuries. I call it "Physio-dance therapy for rehabilitation." I've done this for the last 8 months and have gotten incredibly stronger and improved coordination and balance. But, 3 weeks ago I "strained" my Achilles/calf/ankle/foot muscles and tendons. I purchased the Inferno Wraps to help expedite my healing, which they HAVE DONE and I've only used them 2 weeks now. I am using them 2 times per day, every day.

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Polly Bloomberg

 

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Freeze Wrap Back - reduce back pain and swelling in sore, strained or overused muscles, especially in the lower back and trapezius muscles

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