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Yay I Don't Need Surgery
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Backround,

Muscle biopsy on L quad at age 19 months.

6 weeks ago, pulled that same quad, didn't play soccer for 3-6 days, got better.

4 weeks ago, completely tore the quad muscle.

MRI said don't need surgery,

BUT

they said it might take 2-4 years to heal, and I was hoping to get in on a partial soccer scholarship. That's out of the way I guess, I won't be able to get back up to normal, even if i can play in a year.

Have any of you had good success with healing torn muscles FAST?!?

I want to play, but don't want to aggrivate it more.

thanks

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Molly, if anyone can overcome this, you can. I'll be praying that you have a speedy recovery and can continue doing the things that you enjoy sooner rather than later.

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Molly, I believe the only way to heal it fast, would be to have the surgery. The non-surgery route is slower, and it may not heal as well (at least that is my honest opinion).

Of course, with surgery, you then have to recover from that as well, which is up to six weeks, not counting the time for the muscle to actually work properly again.

Sorry, but there are no easy answers to this one.

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They won't do the surg. on me. I almost do mot respond to anesthesia anymore, (they give me more thatn the 350 lb men, and i am still awake...) and it takes like 6 weeks on crutches, which would mean my birthday/finals on crutches (which would suck) we are having a major swim party on the last day of school at my house. And i go to yosemite the weeekend after school gets out. And then straight to camp!

Also I would have to find a surgeon who my HMO would cover, NOT easy.

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I come from a non surgical background... about 15 years ago I tore all the ligaments around my left knee. Was told I would never walk on that leg without surgery. Within three months I was walking again... The body is amazing in it's ablility to heal. The first thing to remember is RICE, Rest Ice Compression and Elevation, Rest the muscle whenever you can as often as you can, Ice it often for 10-15 minutes at a time, Compression (wrap in a compression bandage like an Ace wrap) and when you are resting it keep it Elevated above your heart level so that blood flows away from the muscle, this helps with both healing and swelling.

Find a good reputable physical therapist, Ultrasound therapy worked wonders for my leg and it might help you. They did cryo (ice massage) therapy, ultrasound therapy, massage and specific isolated excercises to rebuild the muscle strength once the tissue was healed enough.

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I do ice massages 3 times a day, and was going to PT but it cost 100 $ a week, and that was too much when my parents both don't make THAT much. I put it up and wear an ACE bandage constantl.y

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well, do what you can!

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Molly,

I am glad you don't need surgery. Just give it time..I know you want to play and I don't blame you but if you push it you may make it worse and make it harder to heal so maybe rubbing it with some kind of lotion or what not may help...not sure but hang in there..it will get better:)

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If you remember the exercises the physical therapist did on you, you can do them yourself at home. It will help you to recover sooner, and is one of the things you can do for yourself. Just take it slow!

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i'm going back to PT and i am splitting the cost with my parents because my leg is a lot worse without it. Just hoping to be able to do the San Diego walk without too many problems.

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I'm so sorry that you have a torn muscle :( but glad to hear that you don't need surgery. I also play soccer :) I think that you should be back in less than 2 years for sure! You may always have trouble with the muscle though. I have a few suggestions:

- stretching a lot, but don't push the area too much

- alternating hot and cold on the area

- wearing one of those tight elastic braces

- physiotherapy

- eat well

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