To anyone who is familiar with sports physiology.. or to anyone who has been injured
Did a higher than normal roundhouse kick last week and felt an electric-type jolt in my inner thigh muscles near the groin. The pain was there on day 1, but only if I used those muscles (i.e. kicked high roundhouses). Front kicks and other kicks still worked without any pain. Pain subsided on day 2 and the days that followed. There were little instances during the first couple of days when I'd feel the weird sort of pain when I'd remove my shoe or when I would twist to the side while lying down (basically when I am angled oddly).
Went to the family doctor on Day 2 and was asked a few questions:
consistent pain - no
excruciating pain - no. but when I'd stretch those particular set of muscles, there is some sort of semi-sharp pain that doesn't linger
pain that appears all of a sudden - no
He also let me do two things. One was to clench my thighs together, but I didn't feel any pain. Another was to lie down with my knees up and to clench a notebook between them. No pain as well. He gave me ibuprofen and told me to avoid any strenuous activity for 5 days. I extended it to a week, because my training was a week away.
Did stretching/warm-ups plus the whole kicking drills (no pain) and the jolt was there again when I did the roundhouse. I was careful this time not to overdo it, but it was still there.
My questions now are:
1. How can you tell whether you've overworked, sprained, pulled, overstretched or tore a muscle? I don't see any abnormal bumps and I don't feel pain unless I've used those muscles to kick.. walking isn't a problem.
2. Which doctor can I visit that specializes in this, because I want a second and thorough opinion. Sports med/physio, Physical/Occupational Therapist, Orthopedic (since muscle is connected to bone), or Holistic (acupuncture, etc)?
3. To those of you who have suffered these symptoms, how long was the treatment plan for?
A physical therapist would probably be able to straiten you out. Or a chiropractor. An orthopedist will probably just send you to one of them. Your doctor was mostly just concerned about chronic conditions that need treatment. Most likely you pulled a muscle and will have to decided to either work through it or stop using it until it gets better.
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Seconded on seeing a PT. They'll be able to answer your questions. I could make some guesses as a student PT (sound like a straight muscle strain to me, but that doesn't mean much without being able to do a full exam), but if you actually want solutions, see a professional. As far as professionals go, PT's tend to be better-trained in musculoskeletal dysfunction than other healthcare providers, and that's certainly what this sounds like.
Went to a sports medicine and rehab specialist. Although it wasn't that yet, it was diagnosed as a grade 1 adductor muscle pull for prudence. Was told to have it iced then warmed and was given a month off to recover. I was allowed to upper body exercises, but kicks, even on the other leg, was forbidden. Puts a damper on my training, but I'll just let my instructors plan something appropriate for my current condition and doctor's advice. Light training would still be better than none at all.
Thanks again for the help
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